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Sports Minister Hoey pledges her support; RACING.

SPORTS Minister Kate Hoey today pledged that racing would not be ignored by the Government.

There has been a tendency in the past to categorise racing as part of the gambling industry rather than as a sport

But Hoey, attending Newmarket races, said: ''British racing is famous all over the world and, of course, it should be regarded as sport.

''More than 5m watch and go racing and it's of huge economic importance to the country.

''It's true that there are a few anomalies. I was surprised that I wasn't able to say much about racing.

''There's a feeling that racing has been divorced from the sport structure in this country and that's what I will look at to see how we can help the sport.

''I'm delighted that my job will give emphasis to all sports and not just football. It should be remembered that racing is the second most watched sport on terrestrial television.''

Hoey, a former leading high jumper, was at Newmarket to present an International Quality Management Award to the British Racing School for its training operations.

''The British Racing School is doing a tremendous job in looking to the future of racing,'' she said.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Oct 15, 1999
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