World Cup chief welcomes government announcement

The Chief Executive of the committee for the 2021 Rugby League World Cup Jon Dutton has welcomed the announcement from the government over the loosening of lockdown restrictions.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson laid out his plan for helping England out of lockdown and a return to normal life.

Among his announcements, came the news that up to 10,000 fans would be allowed in the largest stadiums by 17th May.

This is a welcome boost for the World Cup, as fears were starting to grow over whether or not it was safe to host the tournament.

Dutton said: “We are greatly encouraged by the roadmap for the return of spectators to sports stadia, which was detailed by the Prime Minister in Parliament today.

“We have remained positive and optimistic that fans would be able to attend the tournament, which will be held in October and November 2021 in England.

“We recognise that there are still challenges ahead, but we very much hope that this tournament, predominantly being staged in many of the hardest hit areas across the North of England, will play a part in the nation’s pandemic recovery plan and will be the biggest and best ever Rugby League World Cup”

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