Basketball Ireland CEO Bernard O'Byrne says indoor sports continue to be a "government afterthought" as the national squads await clarification regarding their preparations ahead of this summer's European Championships. 

Government guidelines around the easing of Covid-19 restrictions state that from 19 April, high performing athletes, as approved by Sport Ireland, can resume training. 

Basketball Ireland is still awaiting clarification from Sport Ireland if this applicable to their Irish international squads, who are preparing for rearranged European Championships for Small Countries in June.

A decision will be made in May about whether Limerick will host the tournament, having been postponed last year due to the pandemic. 

Basketball Ireland and other National Governing Bodies (NGB) are due to meet the Minister of State for Sport and the Gaeltacht, Jack Chambers, on 9 April. 

"Basketball and indoor sports in general seem to be a Government afterthought, when it comes to issuing guidelines, despite having ample time to factor us in," O'Byrne said. 

"We now have to wait another 10 days before hopefully we get some clarity at next week’s meeting with Minister Chambers. We need a roadmap so our international teams, clubs and players can start looking to the future. At the moment there isn't any indication as to when our elite squads and adult players can resume training.

"We are obviously keen to see our Irish international squads being allowed to collectively train, in order to give them the best chance of success at the European Championships, should they go ahead, having not been able to play competitively domestically this season."