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    The suspension of almost all live racing and closure of retail betting shops worldwide as a result of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic has forced Sports Information Services (SIS) to shut down all non-essential services and furlough a significant number of staff.

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    New Zealand Racing and the TAB have taken the decision to close all retail sites and temporarily suspend racing after the national government announced that it would move the country to Alert Level 4 of the Covid-19 alert system later today (25 March).

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    The British Horseracing Association (BHA) has announced that scheduled racing events will continue to take place, albeit without spectators and with restrictions on the number of attendees, as a result of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

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    The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has updated its anonymous reporting service as part of an effort to further protect the integrity of the sport.

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    New Zealand’s Racing Industry Transitional Authority (RITA) has announced the appointment of Jessica Meech and Sam Moncur to its executive leadership team (ELT).

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    UK racecourse operator Arena Racing Company (ARC) has named Mark Spincer as the new managing director of its racing division.

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    New Zealand’s Racing Industry Transitional Authority (RITA) admitted concerns that the Racing Industry Bill does not offer enough flexibility for the roll-out of new betting products, but revealed that a bill regulating online betting may be in the works.

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    The Jockey Club Racecourses (JCR), the racecourse arm of commercial racing's UK governing body The Jockey Club, has announced that Paul Fisher will leave his role as its chief executive next month.

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    The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has announced that Nick Rust is to step down as its chief executive at the end of 2020, after almost six years in the role.

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    The chairman of New Zealand’s Racing Industry Transition Agency (RITA) Dean McKenzie will take on the role of executive director once current chief executive John Allen steps down at the end of 2019.

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    UK Tote Group, the consortium of racecourse owners formerly known as Alizeti, has completed its acquisition of UK pool betting operator the Tote. UK Tote Group is now the sole owner of the Tote.

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    New Zealand’s Minister for Racing, Winston Peters, has outlined his expectations for the country’s new Racing Industry Transition Agency (RITA), saying that he anticipates the body leading the national horse racing industry to sustainable growth.

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    The Jockey Club, the operator of 15 major UK racecourses, has named former BT Sport and Sky executive Delia Bushell as its new group chief executive.

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    Sandy Dudgeon, newly appointed senior steward of UK commercial horse racing organisation The Jockey Club, has issued a call for greater collaboration among stakeholders and interested parties to help the sport overcome challenges and make the most of growth opportunities.

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    The Remote Gambling Association (RGA) and Association of British Bookmakers (ABB) are to be wound up and replaced by the Betting and Gaming Council, a new UK-facing operator body that aims to act as the industry’s mouthpiece. British Beer & Pub Association chief executive Brigid Simmonds will lead the new body.

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    Betting technology provider Sportech has named its interim executive chairman Richard McGuire as its new chief executive officer.

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    Racecourse owners and breeders organisation Together for the Tote has named Mark Kemp, formerly of Ladbrokes Coral Group, as its new UK managing director.

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    The Horseracing Betting Levy Board (HBLB) has warned that the Levy for the UK industry in 2018-19 is set to fall short of expectations by some distance, with forecasts placing the sum paid to the industry down by £17m (€9.4m/$21.7m) from the previous year.

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    UK racecourse operator Arena Racing Company (ARC) has acquired a 45% holding in i-neda, a supplier providing pari-mutuel wagering technology to operators in the US, Europe and Asia.

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    Women in Racing, an organisation committed to developing the profile of women in the sport of horse racing, has signed up as a strategic partner of the All-in Diversity Project.

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