Advice for Elite Sports
Over the weekend, the UK government gave the go-ahead for elite athletes to return to contact training – when individual sports deem it safe to do so. The question on everyone’s lips is “What could this mean for polo?” Essentially, new government advice has given the go-ahead for elite athletes to return to contact training – when individual sports deem it safe to do so. It states that It is up to individual sports to assess the risk and consult athletes, coaches and support staff. Beginning with groups of two or three athletes, then progressing to groups of four to 12 and ultimately full team training. The Premier League will discuss the guidance at a meeting today, Wednesday 27 May – the day that the HPA’s Steering Group also convenes.  

In further confirmation, Sports minister Nigel Huddleston said: “We are absolutely clear that individual sports must review whether they have the appropriate carefully controlled medical conditions in place before they can proceed, and secure the confidence of athletes, coaches and support staff. This new guidance marks the latest phase of a carefully phased return to training process for elite athletes, designed to limit the risk of injury and protect the health and safety of all involved.” 

Photograph: The UK Government has made an interesting announcement regarding elite sports. By ©www.imagesofpolo.com

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