London Ladies GAA have called on the LGFA's to reconsider their "abrupt" decision to exclude them from the 2020 Championship due to ongoing concerns regarding the Covid-19 pandemic. 

The rescheduled championship campaign will commence in October, but it will not feature the Exiles with concerns regarding travel safety and quarantine regulations. 

London have reached the All-Ireland junior semi-final in each of the last four years, but as things stand, will not be competing with Fermanagh, Carlow, Wicklow, Derry, Limerick and Antrim for the West County Hotel Cup

They have urged the authorities to wait until further notice before making a final call, pointing out the London men's team are still awaiting their fate. 

"We are contacting you as a collective, regarding the LGFAs decision to remove us from participation in this year's 2020 Championship," a statement from the team read. 

"Like everyone involved in the LGFA, GAA and wider communities we have been left desolate with the effect of the global pandemic. Nonetheless, the sport we have grown up with has taught us to be resilient and persevere, to live in hope and to continue striving for our goals - as such we have remained hopeful, training hard since the beginning of the year with our respective clubs and county in readiness for the eagerly anticipated Championship season. 

Bríd Murphy in action during London's 2019 Junior All-Ireland semi-final against Fermanagh

"Understandably, to take a risk-based approach is paramount when planning the fixtures, but given there is a significant amount of time before the Championship starts and how much things can change in 4 months (as we have seen) - was the decision to remove us from the Championship not taken too soon? 

"In the year of #20x20 and #SeriousSupport, where we have been pushing women in sport to the fore, is this not a step backward on the Associations behalf? - leaving us to stand in the shadows of our counterparts who as of yet will still travel for October fixtures. With Championship not due to commence for another four months was it not an abrupt decision to deny London Ladies participation so far in advance? 

"London Men's Football and Hurling, as well as Warwickshire Hurling have all been given the benefit of time before being eliminated from their respective competitions. 

"Is this not a perfect opportunity for the Association to show solidarity with all of its comrades and ensure equal treatment between men and women in sport? Is it not a perfect opportunity to lessen the disparity and embrace 20x20 in 2020 for all it stands for?"