first_imgThe GAA notes and welcomes the plans published by the governmentlast Friday and some of the dates included relating to the possible return ofsporting activity, including Gaelic games. The Association will attempt to seek clarity around some of theissues that have arisen in internal discussions since last Friday including thechallenge of social distancing in contact sport. GAA facilities are to remain closed as part of efforts to preventgatherings which breach the restrictions.We are instructing our clubs and counties to continue to adhere tothe restrictions and to refrain from organising on-field activity. Thesemeasures are expected to remain in place until July 20.We will continue to monitor the dates and timelines as revealed bythe Government and our arrangements will remain under constant review.Our units are reminded that the Player Injury scheme is suspendedand will remain so until an official return to action protocol is confirmed.The GAA still firmly hopes to be able to play county and clubcompetitions this year, subject of course to public health guidance. We canconfirm however that no inter-county games are expected to take place beforeOctober.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 gamesbehind closed doors later in the year, there appears to be a lack of appetitefor this type of fixture-scheduling at the current time across the widerAssociation.The GAA can also confirm the appointment of adedicated Covid-19 Advisory Group which will advise the Association onmatters 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 SafetygroupDick Clerkin (existing Chairman of Medical Scientific and WelfareCommittee)Dr Pat O’Neill (Dublin)Dr Kevin Moran (Donegal)Dr Jim O’Donovan (Limerick)Dr Seán Moffatt (Chair of Gaelic Medical Association and Mayo teamdoctor)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 GamesAdministration)The outcome of this group’s work will be agraduated approach, informed and guided by the recently published GovernmentRoadmap and by Government policy from Stormont.Our units have played an important role in the community effortagainst the pandemic and we thank all of our members for their role in this todate.We also underline the importance of continuing to adhere to theguidelines to ensure that the country as a whole meets its targets in thecoming weeks allowing us to make progress and facilitate a return to games whenit is safe to do so.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img