The UK’s sporting action returns… and it’s fishing! Angling Trust have new plans given government seal of approval meaning competitions can resume TODAY
- Fishing has become the first sport in UK to return to competitive action
- The Angling Trust stated ‘new robust guidelines’ were approved by government
- Rod license sales ‘sky-rocketed’ during lockdown for non-competitive angling
- There are three key rule changes to keep competitors safe during competition
- Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19
Fishing has become the first sport in the UK to return to competitive competition during the coronavirus crisis.
Angling was one of the first sports to return to recreational action, however now the Angling Trust have stated their ‘robust new best practice guidelines’ have been approved by the Government and that competitive competitions can resume on Wednesday.
Although other elite sport can resume as of next week, with snooker and horse racing also awaiting for approval from the government to resume, it means fishing has become the first sport in the UK to resume competitively, revealed Telegraph Sport.
Angling has become the first sport in the UK to return to competitive competition
In the UK, there are one million people who hold a fishing licence, however, the industry saw a huge boom the day after lockdown restrictions were lifted to allow non-competitive angling earlier this month.
There were 21,000 new applications submitted for fishing licenses as many aspects of angling became possible during the lockdown. Despite this, charter boat fishing is still not compliant under the current regulations as it would be difficult to abide to the social distancing guidelines.
Martin Salter, the Angling Trust’s head of policy, explained rod license sales ‘sky-rocketed’ through the lockdown and that the Trust made three key changes to usual competition rules.
New rules have been approved by the government as rod license applications ‘sky-rocket’
The first rule change is that the draw for ‘pegs’ – the position of anglers on the riverbank – cannot be chosen from a hat and must either be decided online or by a single person.
The second adaptation to the rules is that special weighting nets have been created to be in a self-supporting sling to allow anglers to step forward and be able to place their catch into the net without touching the fish
This will allow scalesman, who are responsible for weighing each catch, to continue their job whilst remaining socially distanced. Also, cash prizes will be paid out online rather than in person.
‘We’re delighted – Sport England and the DCMS have been really helpful and supportive,’ Salter explained to The Telegraph.
‘They (government) are not in the business of trying to stop sports coming back, just so long as they have delivered a plan for the adjustments that can be safely made which meet guidance. I am amazed other sports have been so slow off the mark.’
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