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Two metre distancing a "big hurdle" for return of contact sport - John Horan


GAA president John Horan feels social distancing of two metres remains a "big hurdle" in bringing back contact sport.

He says that the association could bring forward their planned resumption date of July 20th but will only make that call if it's deemed safe to do so.

"There's no talking about 'we won't be back until there is a vaccine' and there is no talking about 'we won't be back until social distancing is acceptable' but as long as social distancing is the priority at two metres that is a big hurdle for us to bring back contact sport."

Horan added he can understand the "frustration" of members but he doesn't want to make "populist false promises" about when activities can resume.

"I fully understand that there is a huge frustration out there and you can see articles in the media where people are pushing to actually go back but if you take into account what the Government has said, the Government guideline pushes out to a date of July 20th.

"We have never pushed beyond that date. As I have said in a previous interview, if we can bring that forward we will bring it forward but we will only do it in a prudent manner and a manner that is safe for our membership.

"I do sympathise. There are parts of Ireland where outbreaks of COVID-19 are low and people may feel safe there but overall it's across the Association we have to stay in this together.

"The big challenges are in urban areas and I understand that and I do get a feel for the frustration and people are contacting me about that frustration. But we have to make safe and prudent decisions.

"The Government has made no distinction in how business and everything else functions in the country and I don't think it is incumbent on us to step out of line with any of that.

"We will have to just work together on this. I understand the challenges for clubs around the country from a financial point of view but we are looking at this, we're doing our best on this. I'm not going to come out and make populist false promises about anything we can or can't do for clubs. But we are aware of it all."



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