The organizers of the “Crafts” International Dog Show announced, on Friday, that the event that has been organized in England for 130 years, and is the largest of its kind in the world, will not be organized as scheduled in July due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Kennel Club decided to cancel the competition it organizes annually, which was initially scheduled to take place between 15 and 18 July, due to “the continuing uncertainty regarding the epidemic” and fears for the safety of thousands of participants.
This precautionary measure comes at a time when the British government has set June 21 as a temporary date for the complete lifting of the health restrictions adopted to contain the outbreak of the virus.
Britain is the European country most affected by the epidemic, as it led to the death of more than 126,500 people, and is currently witnessing a third stone that it hopes to lift soon thanks to a vaccination campaign among the most effective in the world.
However, given that the situation is not the same in other countries, the organizers decided “with great regret” to cancel “Crafts” as they excluded the possibility of the attendance of members of the jury and foreign participants, “in light of the emergence of a third wave of Corona virus in Europe.”
Chairman Tom Mather said in a statement: “We are very disappointed that we had to cancel (Crafts) for the first time since 1954, especially since this session was supposed to be the 130th anniversary of the founding of the competition, explaining that this decision was” not taken easily. ” .
After polling dog enthusiasts in recent weeks, the organizers found that 63% of them were uncomfortable with the idea of participating in a large event held in a closed space.
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