"If it goes to Level 5, you'd have to think the worst"

October 05, 2020

RTE Sunday Game panellist Tomas O'Se. ©INPHO/James Crombie.

Does the GAA have time to run off an inter-county season if the country moves to Level 5 restrictions for four weeks?

Five-time All-Ireland Kerry winner Tomas O Se was a guest on RTÉ Radio 1's Morning Ireland today and said “you’d have to think the worst” in relation to the county scene if the Government decides to implement NPHET’s recommendation.

“We have to think outside of sport, and health will obviously come to the fore,” he said.

“But in terms of a sporting context, with everything we saw in the club, and ramping up for the actual championship, I think it will be very, very disappointing for everyone.

“Time was always going to be an issue, and now with this Level 5 you're talking about four weeks.

“So I suppose the big question right now is if they go ahead with this Level 5, and there is four weeks without inter-county training or gatherings, do they have the time to run off a championship afterwards?

“I suppose right now, thinking and looking at it, you'd have to say probably not.

“On the other side of that we don't know what's going to come out of these meetings. We'll always stay positive.

“But health has to be at the foremost of everybody's mind here. Certainly, if it goes to Level 5, you'd have to think the worst for the championship at the moment.”

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