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The return of racing: Jockeys wearing masks, deserted stands and 'you can't talk to anyone'... but Germany becomes the first country to bring back the action with Hanover meeting Racing returned after almost two months of inactivity at the Hanover course Jockeys sported protective masks to prevent the spread of coronavirus  Meeting was held behind closed doors, with jockeys unable to talk to each other Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

By Tom Caldon For Mailonline

Published: 09:29 BST, 8 May 2020 | Updated: 09:32 BST, 8 May 2020

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Germany provided the first installment of live post-lockdown sporting action on Thursday by hosting a dozen races in Hanover.

Many jockeys wore face masks while others used transparent plastic visors as racing returned from a hiatus lasting nearly two months. 

Untended during the coronavirus pandemic, the grass was overgrown as competition got underway for the first time behind closed doors.

The course which regularly attracts up to 10,000 spectators due to its ties with local football club Hannover 96 stood empty as German thoroughbreds strode across the turf

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