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Last month, LGFA chiefs opted to proceed with October's scheduled championship without a British representative amid concerns over travel and quarantine regulations caused by the Covid-19 pandemic (stock photo)

Last month, LGFA chiefs opted to proceed with October's scheduled championship without a British representative amid concerns over travel and quarantine regulations caused by the Covid-19 pandemic (stock photo)

Last month, LGFA chiefs opted to proceed with October's scheduled championship without a British representative amid concerns over travel and quarantine regulations caused by the Covid-19 pandemic (stock photo)

The London Ladies GAA squad have hit out at the LGFA's decision to exclude them from this year's All-Ireland championship and have called on the association to reconsider a call they insist was made prematurely.

Last month, LGFA chiefs opted to proceed with October's scheduled championship without a British representative amid concerns over travel and quarantine regulations caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

And the panel, who have reached the All-Ireland junior semi-final in each of the last four years, called for a delay on any final decision with the championship not scheduled for another four months, while they also pointed out that British-based men's teams have not yet been ruled out of action.

"Understandably, to take a risk-based approach is paramount when planning the fixtures, but given there is a significant amount of time before the championship starts and how much things can change in four months (as we have seen) - was the decision to remove us from the championship not taken too soon?" read a panel statement.

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"Is this not a perfect opportunity for the Association to show solidarity with all of its comrades and ensure equal treatment between men and women in sport? Is it not a perfect opportunity to lessen the disparity and embrace 20x20 in 2020 for all it stands for?

"We urge you to please, please reconsider the decision and allow for a set of championship fixtures in which London ladies' participation is permitted while also keeping the current devised fixtures as a back-up in the instance travel is not possible.

"Using this approach, alongside a cut-off point closer to championship to re-evaluate circumstances would be of huge benefit to not only the competitiveness of the championship but also the mental and physical welfare of the players.

"In the event that Government advice is unfavourable and travel is not permitted without issue, at least we can say we have stood together and provided a level playing field for our sport."

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