GAA confirm that the 2020 All-Ireland championships are to go ahead

The GAA have confirmed the go ahead for the 2020 All-Ireland championships for hurling and football following assurances of financial support from the government.

According to the association, it would have cost an estimated €20 million to run the inter-county games in both codes at senior, U20 and minor level.

The Minister for Sport ‘Shane Ross’ stated back in June that up to a total of €40 million would be provided to the GAA, FAI and IRFU if it was needed to ensure their “solvency and continued existence” as all sporting activity was halted due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

London, Warwickshire and Lancashire will not be involved in the championships.

The All-Ireland SFC will begin on the 31st of October with the hurling beginning a week earlier.

The association stated that reduced funding and strict financial controls will govern the costs and preparation of teams, this includes a limit on collective training sessions to three per week and a ban on training camps.

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