'Focus on 2021': Connacht prez

The in-possession Aidan O'Shea of Mayo and Roscommon's Niall Daly (No. 6) in the heart of the action in a league game in Castlebar in January 2019. INPHO/TOMMY DICKSON

The GAA confirmed last week that we won’t see any intercounty action until October at the earliest and players will not be allowed train until July 20. Meanwhile Connacht GAA president Gerry McGovern believes the risks of a return to playing action this year are too high and has urged the Association to focus completely on the 2021 All-Ireland Championship. ’Certain restrictions are about to be lifted but, by and large, the stats are not changing that much. My chief concern is that we don’t know enough about this disease, will it come back again bigger and stronger and wipe out a lot more people? By returning to play in the coming months, I just feel that we are putting people into certain situations, be it players at junior or senior club level, people who love to play our games. The possibility of getting this virus is simply too serious, all for the sake of football or hurling. We will not die for a game of football, but we could cause death by playing it.’’

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