Top-class national athletics action will return this weekend and the timetable for the first weekend of the 2020 Irish Life Health National Track and Field Championships has been confirmed.
The senior and U23 championships will take place behind closed door over two successive weekends at the Morton Stadium in Santry, across nine sessions: three on Saturday 22 August, and two each on Sunday 23, Saturday 29 and Sunday 30. A detailed schedule for 29-30 August will be announced in the coming days.
RTÉ will be broadcasting the fifth session live from Morton Stadium from 5.30pm on Sunday, which will include the finals of men's and women's 100m, 400m, 400m hurdles and 1500m.
Olympians Thomas Barr and Ciara Mageean will not be competing this weekend. Barr has opted to focus on training rather than competition this summer and the in-form Mageean will be action in the 1500m at the Diamond League event in Stockholm on Sunday.
A record entry of 729 will be eager to make their own bit of history at the 148th edition of the championships, which are the longest continuously running athletics championships worldwide.
A Sport Ireland expert group has informed Athletics Ireland that the championships may proceed behind closed doors with strict health and safety measures in place.
The action gets underway at 10.30am this Saturday and Athletics Ireland CEO Hamish Adams is relieved that the event, which was initially due to take place in June, is going ahead.
"The senior championships are the highlight of our track and field year and it's certainly been a priority to get them across the line," he said.
"The demand from athletes for competition is huge, and with a record entry we owe it to them to put on a top-class event and do everything we can to promote the sport."
This year’s championships will have a strict limit of 200 people per session, and there will be no coaches, spectators or media allowed at any of the sessions, all of which will be streamed live on the Athletics Ireland Youtube Channel.
Watch the Irish Life Health National Track and Field Championships live on RTÉ2 and RTÉ Player from 5.30pm on Sunday