GAA further delays return to collective inter-county training

February 02, 2021

GAA pitches closed during Covid-19. ©INPHO/James Crombie.

The GAA has decided to further delay the return of inter-county teams to collective training.

It comes after the association’s Covid-19 advisory group met yesterday and decided it would be irresponsible to permit a return to collective training at this time.

The group is set to reconvene on February 15th to assess the matter again.

In a letter to counties, GAA Director General Tom Ryan said:

"The virus in the community remains at a level where it would be irresponsible for the GAA to permit a return to collective training at this moment in time.

"However, the group did welcome the significant and ongoing reduction in case numbers over the course of the last number of weeks and it was agreed to continue to monitor case numbers and community transmission rates before reconvening on the week commencing February 15th to further consider the matter."

Mr Ryan also added that all GAA pitches and gyms across the "must remain closed".

"As the situation with the virus remains fluid, it is unfortunately impossible for the association to put definitive dates in place for when inter-county training or games may resume,” he wrote.

"However, there are positive indications in terms of the reduction of case numbers and the continued roll out of the Covid vaccine."

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