GAA | No inter-county matches before October

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There will be no inter-county matches until at least October due to the coronavirus pandemic, the GAA has confirmed.

The decision was announced following a virtual meeting involving the Association’s Management Committee. Despite the delay, the GAA retains hope of staging both club and county matches in 2020.

Counties have currently been asked to suspend all activities until July 20th, while the GAA has also formed a dedicated Covid-19 Advisory Group.

The association also stated that behind-closed-doors 2020 All-Ireland Championships remain unlikely.

“The Association will attempt to seek clarity around some of the issues that have arisen in internal discussions since last Friday including the challenge of social distancing in contact sport,” an official statement read.

“GAA facilities are to remain closed as part of efforts to prevent gatherings which breach the restrictions. GAA facilities are to remain closed as part of efforts to prevent gatherings which breach the restrictions.

“We are instructing our clubs and counties to continue to adhere to the restrictions and to refrain from organising on-field activity. These measures are expected to remain in place until July 20.

“We will continue to monitor the dates and timelines as revealed by the Government and our arrangements will remain under constant review.

“Our units are reminded that the Player Injury scheme is suspended and will remain so until an official return to action protocol is confirmed.

“The GAA still firmly hopes to be able to play county and club competitions this year, subject of course to public health guidance. We can confirm however that no inter-county games are expected to take place before October.

“Counties are asked, in the interest of players, to suspend all inter-county training until further notice. There will be a phased resumption of training at both club and county level to allow players to prepare appropriately for playing games.

“While not categorically ruling out the possible staging of games behind closed doors later in the year, there appears to be a lack of appetite for this type of fixture-scheduling at the current time across the wider Association.”