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Hope still alive for 2020 GAA championships


Mike Finnerty

GAA chiefs still haven’t given up hope of playing the All-Ireland senior football and hurling championships this year, according to Connacht Council secretary John Prenty.
The Ballyhaunis native, who is a member of the GAA’s Central Competitions Controls Committee [CCCC], says the Association are taking their lead from the Government and the HSE in relation to public health guidelines and restrictions.
However, he believes that a re-structured GAA championship later in the year remains a possibility. When asked by The Mayo News if he could see two captains lifting the Sam Maguire and Liam McCarthy Cups in 2020, Prenty said: “I do. I think we all have that hope in our hearts.
“But all we’ve done from the CCCC perspective is look at the different scenarios,” he added.
“We can’t make a call on it because we don’t know what the advice is going to be from the Government and the HSE in terms of the months ahead.
“At the moment everyone is in lockdown and everyone is just hoping to stay healthy.”
Meanwhile, Prenty also outlined the decision for calling off next month’s Connacht championship match between Galway and New York and confirmed that the clash between Roscommon and London — which has been postponed — may still go ahead.
“The New York game was called off early because of logistics — flights and hotels had to be booked and confirmed, and the pressure was coming on for names,” he said.
“But New York are part of the Connacht championship and they will be part of the Connacht championship going forward.
“The logistics weren’t as much of an issue for London, but the public health situation dictated that it just wouldn’t be possible for the game to go ahead on May 2,” he continued.
“That game hasn’t been cancelled though, and we’d still be hopeful that we could play it at some stage in the future.  
“The only stipulation would be that it would have to be played on the same weekend as the Mayo v Leitrim quarter-final [which is currently scheduled for Sunday, May 10].”

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