Minister of State for Sport and the Gaeltacht, Jack Chambers, met with a number of sporting CEO’s in a virtual meeting on Friday and indicated that a new round of resilience funding for sporting bodies, as well as a widening of the definition of elite athletes to permit training and matches beyond the current limit was imminent.

With some easing of restrictions today and the full return of schools for the first time since December, there will be a close eye kept on infection numbers in the next two weeks.

Intercounty Gaelic games participants will be permitted to return to training this day next week. that will be followed seven days later by a return to non-contact training outdoors for children up to the age of 18, as well as tennis, golf and a number of other sports.

Things are moving faster in Northern Ireland where non-essential retail and other elements are reopening from today.

“We’d like to thank Minister Chambers for his time and listening to the points that we put across,” said Basketball Ireland CEO Bernard O’Byrne.

“Needless to say a change in status for our elite level athletes is of utmost importance, with our Irish international squads eager to ramp up their preparations for the European Championships. We hope to have an update in the near future, so we can give our players and coaches some much-needed clarity.”


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