Wednesday 26 July 2017

Training ban still unworkable

Martin Breheny

Martin Breheny

THE GAA are promising to rigidly enforce the ban on training for inter-county squads if next year's Congress agrees to introduce a staggered return for squads depending on when they exited the previous season's championship.

Here's the thing, though. The documentation sent to Central Council delegates for last Saturday's meeting noted that the existing training ban (November-December) "has been breached and will continue to be breached into the future".

It also conceded that the rule is "difficult, if not impossible, to enforce."

So why will the new regulations be any different? And if no sanction has been brought against any county for breaking the existing rule, why should transgressors fear reprisals under a new system?

The fact is that it's an unworkable rule which will continue to be broken for as long as county boards refuse to stand up to their managers. And that won't be happening any time soon.

Irish Independent

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