GAA officials are still planning to hold club and inter-county championships in 2020, but have ruled out any inter-county games before October and say there is a lack of appetite for matches with no spectators.

A series of conference calls between senior Croke Park bosses and county chairpersons were held earlier this morning.

The calls followed much recent speculation from various stakeholders, managers, referees, players and officials, as to whether the 2020 season should be abandoned.

Counties have been asked to suspend all activity until 20 July. 

After that, training will resume at club level – providing officials are satisfied that it is safe to do so.

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In a statement, the GAA said: "The GAA still firmly hopes to be able to play county and club competitions this year, subject of course to public health guidance.

"We can confirm however that no inter-county games are expected to take place before October.

"Counties are asked, in the interest of players, to suspend all inter-county training until further notice.

"There will be a phased resumption of training at both club and county level to allow players to prepare appropriately for playing games.

"While not categorically ruling out the possible staging of games behind closed doors later in the year, there appears to be a lack of appetite for this type of fixture-scheduling at the current time across the wider Association."

Some counties have already tweaked existing formats - and put in place a new framework - to run off their club championships behind closed doors.

The prospect of the inter-county season spilling over into 2021 wasn't discussed, but already some counties have said they wouldn’t have a problem with it happening.

A meeting of the GAA’s Management Committee is also on the agenda in the coming days.

A dedicated Covid-19 Advisory Group has been established. 

It consists of:

  • Shay Bannon (Chairman) - existing Chairman of Health and Safety group
  • Dick Clerkin (existing Chairman of Medical Scientific and Welfare Committee)
  • Dr Pat O'Neill (Dublin)
  • Dr Kevin Moran (Donegal)
  • Dr Jim O’Donovan (Limerick)
  • Dr Seán Moffatt (Chair of Gaelic Medical Association and Mayo team doctor)
  • Paul Flynn (CEO Gaelic Players Association)
  • Stephen Mc Geehan (Head of Operations, Ulster GAA)
  • Tony Mc Guinness (Events and Safety Manager, Croke Park)
  • Sinéad McNulty (CEO An Cumann Camógaíochta)
  • Helen O’Rourke (CEO Ladies Gaelic Football Association)
  • John Horan (Uachtarán CLG)
  • Tom Ryan (Ard Stiúrthóir CLG)
  • Feargal Mc Gill (Director of Player, Club and Games Administration)

The Association will monitor dates and timelines as they are revealed by the Government, with arrangements under constant review.

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