The GAA has officially postponed the senior inter-county football and hurling championships "until further clarity on the current situation is available."
The inter-county championships were due to start in May but with the Irish Government announcing a new three-week extension of 'lockdown' measures in response to the ongoing outbreak of Covid-19, that idea of football and hurling returning next month looks impossible at the moment. A statement released by the Association this afternoon also says it is "highly unlikely" they will be rescheduled before July.
The GAA remain committed to completing the 2020 Allianz Leagues especially the games that might affect next year's standings while a Special Congress meeting will take place "remotely" on Friday to discuss matters further.
Read the GAA statement in full here:
"The GAA acknowledges last weekend’s Government announcement of the extension of current restrictions until May 5th and its impact on the scheduling of sporting events and working practices, and has factored the extension of the arrangements into its contingency planning."
"To that end, the Association can confirm that club activity remains suspended until May 5th.
"The Senior inter-county championships, scheduled to begin in May, will be postponed until further clarity on the current situation is available.
"However, it is the Association’s view that it is highly unlikely these will be rescheduled any time before the beginning of July, at the earliest.
"When sporting activity recommences, the GAA will accommodate both club and county games. The Association also intends to complete the Allianz Leagues, or at least those games that have a bearing on next year's divisions, where possible.
"A Special Congress, to be held remotely, will take place this Friday to propose decision-making flexibility to allow us vary competition structures, if required, in advance of resuming games.
"In keeping with the approach of the Association since the start of this crisis, all of our decisions will be based on the advice of the medical professionals and the government.
"Finally, the GAA would again like to thank our members and units for their support at this time and for continuing to adhere to the government guidelines."Tweet