Cork-based elite athletes have called for equality in accessing high performance facililties as they remain unable access their training venues, while Dublin athletes have been able to return to their.
Niamh McCarthy and Brendan Boyce are among those without access to a training facililties, while the like likes of the National Sports Campus in Dublin have already been reopened.
Cork's athletics tracks at Cork Institute of Technology and the UCC track and Mardyke Arena remain closed.
While CIT have confirmed that they will reopen at the end of the month, it still leaves local athletes at a major disadvantage when compared to their Dublin-based rivals.
McCarthy, who is an elite discus thrower and Paralympic Games silver medalist, has been forced to train on the green area in front of her house since March.
Speaking to RTÉ’s Evanne Ní Chuilinn, she revealed her frustration: "I don’t have access to where I usually train and it’s been like that for months.
"The Mardyke is closed and also my own throwing circle is down in the Carrigaline GAA club and that’s also closed so I have to be inventive.
"There is this area here [in front of her house] but I can’t do a full throw, I can only do a warm-up drill here so I haven’t properly thrown a discuss in months.
"Tokyo was postponed but that doesn’t mean it’s been cancelled and it’s still looming over me, including qualification so there’s a lot of work I could be doing right now and I just can’t.
"When you’re trying to represent your nation and you’re not really being thought of, it’s a bit tricky because I feel there like could be more done for us. There’s not a huge number of us and I think there would be a safe way to do it."
It’s a similar situation for two-time Irish Olympian Brendan Boyce, who is unable to access his usual training tracks.
Neither Sport Ireland or Atheltics Ireland have jurisdiction over the athletic tracks in Cork, leaving the likes of Boyce in limbo.
He explained: "Universities are probably trying to get protocols together to get athletes in there, but it’s just takin too much time.
"It’s up for the universities to push that because it is important for next year and athlete development to have a season this year and keep training."
A spokesperson for CIT told RTÉ Sport that they were actively working towards a solution and later confirmed that the will be reopening their facilities on 29 June.
Cork-based elite athletes have called for equality in relation to accessing high performance facililties. Niamh McCarthy and Brendan Boyce are among those without access to a training venue, while Dublin-based teammates returned to the National Campus venues almost two weeks ago. pic.twitter.com/ENXgd1mrVg— RTÉ Sport (@RTEsport) June 18, 2020