There are no plans to postpone the British speedway season, which is due to get under way this weekend.

The sporting calendar has been taken to pieces by the coronavirus pandemic, including the suspension of Premier League and EFL football yesterday.

Speedway bosses, however, expect business as usual as the season opens this afternoon with the Speedway Riders’ Benevolent Fund meeting at Scunthorpe, with Swindon Robins rider Anders Rowe due to take part.

Robins are set to hold their Press and Practice day on Wednesday, before their campaign starts in earnest with a home Premiership Supporters Cup clash with King’s Lynn at the Abbey Stadium on March 26.

A statement from British Speedway said: “The British Speedway Promoters’ Association can confirm there are no plans to cancel, postpone or otherwise change the running of our fixtures at this moment in time.

“We are closely monitoring the situation and it is business as usual following the information broadcast by Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Thursday afternoon.

“As an association we will continue to work from the advice handed down by the government regarding the ongoing situation.

“We would urge all riders, staff and supporters to continue to adhere by the advice regarding frequent washing of hands in soap and water and avoiding contact with anyone who has a fever or cough.

“We also remind people of the government advice regarding even mild symptoms, if you feel this is the case please stay at home for seven days.

“In the meantime, we look forward to a successful staging of the Speedway Riders’ Benevolent Fund meeting at Scunthorpe on Saturday and hope substantial funds are raised for this most worthwhile cause.”