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One in five club players won't return to action until coronavirus vaccine is found

CPA survey says 22 per cent not prepared to train again until vaccine is found

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Groundsman Dave Ormonde surveys the empty pitch on the afternoon of the Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship Round 1 match between Wexford and Wicklow at Chadwicks Wexford Park in Wexford. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Groundsman Dave Ormonde surveys the empty pitch on the afternoon of the Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship Round 1 match between Wexford and Wicklow at Chadwicks Wexford Park in Wexford. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

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Groundsman Dave Ormonde surveys the empty pitch on the afternoon of the Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship Round 1 match between Wexford and Wicklow at Chadwicks Wexford Park in Wexford. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

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

The CPA surveyed its membership last week and from the 3,008 respondents, 57 per cent were willing to return in the absence of a vaccine. Another 21 per cent 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 in place.

Taking the Association's position along with the CPA's finding, it paints a very bleak picture for the return of any activity in the short to mid term.

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

The survey found that 27 per cent of respondents lived with relatives over 70 or someone who was considered more vulnerable to the virus.

CPA chairman Micheál Briody said the findings had been shared with the GAA and their database would be made available 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.

Irish Independent


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