Sport

Forces Sport Boards 'Cautiously Optimistic' About Return

Despite the Government's latest announcement, it is unlikely any on-duty sport will be seen until mid-May.

Inter Services and representative military sport is unlikely to return until at least mid-May, following Prime Minister Boris Johnson's announcement about the roadmap out of lockdown.

The plans to gradually ease current coronavirus restrictions will mean sport can return at the end of March - but as an off-duty activity only at that stage.

Due to the ongoing restrictions on travel, Inter Services and representative sport is unlikely to happen at that time.

The RAF Sport board is hoping that some indoor competition will be allowed to happen from 12 April but it will be outdoor sports leading the way.

Golf, tennis, angling and archery were the first sports to return after last summer's lockdown and it is expected to be the case again as the UK emerges from the latest restrictions.

The race will be on to prepare military cricketers for the T20 Inter Services at Lord's Cricket Ground.

The 2021 Inter Services Football Championships has already been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The fixture had been postponed until September but the decision was made by the Lord's Cricket Ground management to switch it back to its usual early summer date of 18 June.

With the current situation on travel, the Armed Forces cricket teams may struggle to prepare for the tournament in their usual way.

Forces Sport Boards are also hoping that last year's work to prepare for a sporting return regarding risk assessments and safety briefs may speed up the process this time around.