Covid-19: No paid public at Dubai World Cup

By Eudore R. Chand

No public at spectator sports events

ABU DHABI 13 March 2020: The UAE General Authority of Sports has directed all its partners in the public and private sectors to suspend until further notice all training and competitions for sportspersons aged 18 years old and below across all clubs, academies and public places nationwide, as part of the precautionary measures pertaining to the proliferation of coronavirus, Covid-19.

In line with the directives, all sporting activities will be contested without fans in attendance.

The organizing committee for the 25th edition of the Dubai World Cup announced that the race will be held on time on Saturday 28th of March – but without paid hospitality spectators at Meydan race course, according to a Government of Dubai Media Office tweet.

It did not mention the Dubai World Cup Carnival which accompanies the world’s richest horse race.

In a statement yesterday, the General Authority of Sports said all community sporting activities have been postponed until further notice, with other sports activities to continue only in attendance of those concerned, namely, sportspeople, organisers, technical and administrative staff after taking all the necessary preventive and public health measures and protocols, said Wam.

“An official approval from the General Authority of Sports and sports councils concerned is a precondition to host any championship or a training camp where sports teams from abroad are to participate in order to ensure all public health protocols are in place. The same approvals are a precondition as well to participate in any official championship outside the country,” added the statement.

“All necessary preventive and safety measures must be ensured, including sterilization of all sports facilities in general and private clubs,” said the Authority, adding that all parties concerned will be notified of any developments in this regard after coordination with competent bodies in the nation.