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No rush: GAA president John Horan says no return under distancing rules

No rush: GAA president John Horan says no return under distancing rules

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No rush: GAA president John Horan says no return under distancing rules

More than one in five Club Players' Association members would not be prepared to return to training until a vaccine to protect against Covid-19 is available.

The CPA surveyed their membership last week and from the 3,008 respondents, 57% were willing to return in the absence of a vaccine. Another 21% said they were unsure.

The figures come in the wake of GAA president John Horan's confirmation that there will be no return to play as long as social distancing protocols remain.

Taking the Association's position and the CPA's finding, it paints a very bleak picture for the return of any activity.

The CPA survey found that even with temperature checks, the numbers satisfied to return to training without a vaccine jumped to just 64%. Some 61% said they would be prepared to attend a club game but just 34% would go to an inter-county game under current conditions.

The survey found that 27% of those who responded lived with relatives over 70 or someone who was considered more vulnerable.

Horan told of speaking to a coach of a team which had four brothers, none of whom were prepared to return because they lived with a parent over 70.

CPA chairman Micheal Briody said the findings had been shared with the GAA and their database would be made available for further consultation if required. However, there was a note of disappointment that there was no "direct advocate for the club playing population" on the GAA's Covid-19 advisory group.

Belfast Telegraph