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The Boat Race is cancelled due to the coronavirus

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The Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race has been cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The Boat Race won't take place in 2020. Picture: Paul Sanwell/OP Photographic
The Boat Race won't take place in 2020. Picture: Paul Sanwell/OP Photographic

The organisers said the decision was made out of “concern for the welfare of our crews, our spectators, our staff and volunteers”.

The races, between University of Cambridge and Oxford University men’s and women’s crews, had been due to take place on the Tideway on March 29.

Robert Gillespie, chairman of The Boat Race Company, said: “Given the unprecedented situation our country and each of us as individuals faces, the public good far outweighs all other considerations. Cancellation of The Boat Race is therefore clearly the correct decision, but it is not without sad consequence. Our thoughts are very much with the athletes who have worked so hard and made immense sacrifices to represent their university and are now unable to do so.

“To cancel is not an easy decision and we realise this news will undoubtedly disappoint all those who look forward to the race each year – whether watching on the riverbanks, on TV or online.

“We would like to thank our partners, fans, the local businesses and community for their continued support.”

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