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Last squawk for cockfights for now

Mar 18. 2020
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By THE NATION

Covid-19 has slammed the door on cockfights, and don’t expect to see fighting fish in combat either, or horse racing or even human boxing matches, until the crisis is over.

Interior Ministry permanent secretary Chatchai Phromlert has ordered provincial governors and district chiefs nationwide to immediately stop issuing licences for organised events in these sports, a move that will save unlucky gamblers a lot of money.

Chatchai issued the order at the behest of Minister Anupong Paochinda, who wants to curtail large gatherings due to the virus hazard. 

“These kinds of activities increase the risk of Covid-19 infection among people,” Anupong said.

Even event organisers who’ve already received a licence have to call off their plans, he said.

The Cabinet on Tuesday approved a proposal to shut down for 14 days all venues that host large gatherings, including restaurants and bars, in a bid to reduce the risk of contagion.

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