Cork GAA play the waiting game in terms of cancelling championship fixtures in April

Cork GAA play the waiting game in terms of cancelling championship fixtures in April
Tracey Kennedy, Chairperson Cork County Board.Picture: Jim Coughlan

CORK County Board GAA Chairperson, Tracey Kennedy, admitted sport’s relevance is diluted in the current national and world health crisis.

“People’s lives and livelihoods are at risk and it’s very hard then to be too concerned about sport, when you’re watching your friends and family in uncertain work positions.

“And who knows who is going to get sick tomorrow?

“When you put it in the context of the bigger picture I suppose it is.

“To some degree sport does fade into some irrelevance, but, when we get back to normal, we will need sport to help us to adjust again,” she said.

All sporting activity is suspended until the end of the month, but Kennedy won’t be surprised if that ban is extended further.

“My own view is that it’s very hard to speculate.

“But, if you put a gun to my head now I’d say I can’t see us resuming at the end of the month.

“But I don’t want to pre-empt anything from the authorities on that.”

Limerick, at the weekend, made the decision to postpone all club championship games fixed for April.

In a statement they propose to engage with provincial and national authorities to restructure their programme of games.

This may include the redesign of the current formats in all adult grades in football and hurling as well as U21 and minor hurling and minor football.

Limerick said county leagues will resume, when sanction is approved by the statutory bodies.

Cork’s first county championship games are U21 football quarter-finals on Saturday week with the opening match in the new-look premier senior football championship a week later.

That’s between Douglas and Bishopstown on Friday, April 3, followed by three more games, including champions Nemo Rangers against Valley Rovers, the day after.

Cork are playing a waiting game. 

“The CCC is monitoring the situation.

“We’re abiding the direction from Croke Park to suspend all activities until March 29.

“If it becomes clearer in the next few days about the suspension being lifted, we have contingencies, but nothing definite yet.

“We will obviously have to review anything coming from Croke Park or the Government.

“People talk about supporting our communities and that applies to the GAA, as well.”

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