Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, Oliver Dowden, has claimed on Twitter that the UK Government have today stepped up plans for the return of elite sport.

Team and individual sports have been shut down since March and the country is still in a state of lockdown.

The majority of the UK public have been in lockdown since late March.  (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

However, while Dowden didn’t promise an imminent return to competitions, he confirmed discussions have begun about bringing back sport as soon as is practically possible.

“We just kicked off 1st of many detailed meetings to plan for a safe return of elite sport behind closed doors when, & only when, it is safe to do so on the basis of expert medical advice,” he wrote on Twitter.

“Lots to consider, but today we step up planning.”

 

Sky Sports have subsequently reported that medical experts took part in the first of a series of virtual meetings on Friday afternoon to discuss how and when sportspersons could return to formal training.

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Rangers vs Bayer Leverkusen on 12 March was one of the last fixtures to take place in the UK before sport was shutdown. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Leading medical personnel from football, cricket and rugby were amongst those to take part.

These developments come amid reports that the Premier League is targeting a return to action on 8 June, subject to government approval [Telegraph] and it sits in stark contrast to the approach adopted in Scotland.

The SPFL have already seen a motion passed in order to end the Championship, League One and League Two seasons early having reportedly told clubs that there was no chance football would return before mid-August [Scottish Sun].

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