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Overhaul of championship format looks inevitable with knockouts now the most likely route

Colm Keys


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The GAA has postponed the start of the football championship due to the Covid-19 crisis. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

The GAA has postponed the start of the football championship due to the Covid-19 crisis. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

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The GAA has postponed the start of the football championship due to the Covid-19 crisis. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

The expected Government announcement of a further period of coronavirus restrictions today will see the GAA, among other sporting organisations, update their own projections on activity.

But after falling into the State’s slipstream after the previous March 12 announcement, it’s unlikely that the GAA will project any further than what is now being asked in the national interest.

So if it’s an extension into the middle of April and beyond, the GAA will dovetail accordingly, continuing to restrict games, training, meetings and other activity in line with that announcement. Any broader announcement as to a likely championship start would be pointless at this stage for obvious reasons.