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BHA chairman Joe Saumarez Smith, 51, reveals devastating lung cancer diagnosis

, BHA chairman Joe Saumarez Smith, 51, reveals devastating lung cancer diagnosis

BRITISH HORSERACING AUTHORITY chairman Joe Saumarez Smith has been diagnosed with lung cancer.

A BHA statement confirmed the racing supremo, 51, will begin treatment later this month.

BHA chair Saumarez Smith has revealed he has been diagnosed with lung cancer

He will continue in his role ‘for as long as he is happy to do so’.

Saumarez Smith said: “In the interest of transparency and openness from the BHA, we thought it was best to confirm this news publicly.

“It is obviously not ideal to have this diagnosis but I am confident I can keep working with all our stakeholders to deliver the strategic priorities that were agreed last September.”

Julie Harrington, Chief Executive of the BHA, said: “While we are of course concerned for our friend and colleague, we know Joe will fight this illness with all the determination and resilience that has been a feature of his career to date.

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“It is testament to him that he is keen to continue in his role for as long as the treatment allows.

“He has the full support and best wishes of everyone on the BHA Board in doing so.

“I am sure I can speak for everyone at the BHA and across the industry in wishing him good luck during his treatment.”

More to follow.

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