Paul Illingworth GBBG senior stipendiary steward Paul Illingworth explained the changes
...GBGB announce changes as rule book goes online...
THE GBGB has announced changes to four rules covering kennel requirements and disqualifications, while also revealing that the rule book is no longer being printed and will move online to a dedicated website.
The changes are:
Rule 212 & 213: It is now a requirement of the licence that trainers must read, understand and be compliant with the PAS 251 – Specification for Trainers’ Residential Kennels. Developed in partnership with animal welfare organisations, veterinarians, government and industry specialists, the PAS covers all aspects of caring for a racing greyhound from diet, exercise and environmental enrichment to kennel specification and construction.
Rule 53 & 195: There are new criteria for disqualifying a greyhound for deliberate interference. The requirement to obtain a signed declaration from the trainer has been removed whilst the trainer (or their representative) must now be given the opportunity to present any mitigation they feel is relevant during a review of the interference. The deadline for submitting the details of a disqualification to the National Form Database has been extended to the end of the meeting.
Paul Illingworth, GBGB senior stipendiary steward, said: “We're pleased to launch our new rules of racing website today.
“By transferring over to this digital platform we can ensure that everybody is viewing the same issue and can search and print relevant sections.
“The fact that it is mobile optimised too should make it far easier for trainers and kennelhands to use while away from their kennels. This should likewise prove helpful for our own stewards.
“We encourage all trainers to read the rule amendments announced today and become familiar with the new website. Any trainers with questions regarding the amendments should contact their area stipendiary steward.”
...GBGB joins sports bodies in boycott of social media Mark Bird, GBGB Managing Director, said:
“Online trolling, racism and sexism are not something we have or will ever tolerate within the sport of greyhound racing. From 15:00 today until 23:59 on Monday, we will be joining together with sports bodies in the UK and internationally for a complete boycott of social media, in support of people across the sporting world who are facing these kinds of abuse.
We hope that our collective efforts will help to raise awareness and lead to positive change.”