Boat Race cancelled, first time since WW2

The decision to cancel the Boat race was taken last night, The men’s race was first held in 1829 and has been held annually since 1856, the only exceptions being during the First and Second World Wars.

Robert Gillespie, Chairman of The Boat Race Company Limited, commented:

“Given the unprecedented situation our country and each of us as individuals faces, the public good far outweighs all other considerations. Cancellation of The Boat Race is therefore clearly the correct decision, but it is not without sad consequence.

“Our thoughts are very much with the athletes who have worked so hard and made immense sacrifices to represent their University and are now unable to do so.

 “To cancel is not an easy decision and we realise this news will undoubtedly disappoint all those who look forward to the Race each year – whether watching on the riverbanks, on TV or online.”