GAA Rule Out Games Before October But Championship 2020 Is Planned

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The GAA says that no inter-county games will be played before October. The association also says there is no appetite for playing games behind closed doors, but haven’t ruled out the prospect.

They’re seeking further clarity from the government on maintaining social distancing in a contact sport. GAA facilities are to remain closed as part of efforts to prevent gatherings which breach the restrictions.

Clubs and counties will 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.

Croke Park 

The Player Injury scheme is suspended and will remain so until an official return to action protocol is confirmed. The GAA still 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 across the wider Association.

The GAA can also confirm the appointment of a dedicated Covid-19 Advisory Group which will advise the Association on matters relating to return to play protocols and other similar issues.

The members of this group are as follows:

Shay Bannon (Chairman) – existing Chairman of Health and Safety group

Dick Clerkin (existing Chairman of Medical Scientific and Welfare Committee)

Dr Pat O’Neill (Dublin)

Dr Kevin Moran (Donegal)

Dr Jim O’Donovan (Limerick)

Dr Seán Moffatt (Chair of Gaelic Medical Association and Mayo team doctor)

Paul Flynn (CEO Gaelic Players Association)

Stephen Mc Geehan (Head of Operations, Ulster GAA)

Tony Mc Guinness (Events and Safety Manager, Croke Park)

Sinéad McNulty (CEO An Cumann Camógaíochta)

Helen O’Rourke (CEO Ladies Gaelic Football Association)

John Horan (Uachtarán CLG)

Tom Ryan (Ard Stiúrthóir CLG)

Feargal Mc Gill (Director of Player, Club and Games Administration)