Escalating coronavirus outbreak causes major sporting events to be cancelled or suspended
Major sporting events across Stamford and Rutland have been cancelled or suspended due to the escalating coronavirus outbreak.
The Rutland to Melton CiCLE Classic - which was due to take place on Sunday, April 26 - has been called off while all planned games involving the area's football, rugby and hockey teams at seniors, youth and junior level have been put on hold.
The Langtoft 10k, scheduled for Sunday, May 3, has been cancelled while the Stamford & Rutland Table Tennis League has also taken the decision to postpone all league fixtures with immediate effect.
A league statement said: "We will also be postponing the league tournament which was due to be played on Sunday, April 5.
"The committee will monitor the situation over the next few weeks and will provide an update in due course on the completion of the season.
"We can only apologise for the late notice for cancelling matches due to be played this coming week but we would appreciate your understanding through this challenging situation."
Stamford Indoor Bowls Club has also announced that it will close for the foreseeable future.
Its statement said: "Following the advice from the Prime Minister and his chief scientific and medical advisors that 'everyone should avoid social contact in pubs, clubs and restaurants' with particular consideration to those aged over 70, the directors of Stamford Indoor Bowls Club in Exeter Gardens closed the club from Tuesday (March 17) for the foreseeable future."
The Rutland Half Marathon has cancelled its event on Sunday, April 5.
A statement from organisers of the event said: "The situation we find ourselves in is unprecedented.
"It’s heart-breaking for everyone involved but we feel it is the only responsible thing to do at this time.
"We take welfare very seriously and as a result cannot take any risk regardless of the government advice or legislation forthcoming in the next few days.
"If we take care of one another in the short term, the long-term future will be full of running and walking events for us all. There is no greater argument for the difficult decision being made by many event organisers across the country."
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