Basketball Ireland unhappy with lack of Covid clarity

Basketball Ireland unhappy with lack of Covid clarity

BASKETBALL IRELAND has said that basketball is not being taken into account by the government's guidelines.

It was announced this week that from April 26 on, underage non-contact outdoor training in pods of up to 15 can resume.

Passing of the ball is an opt in/opt out decision to be made at the discretion of each club or school for these underage sides.

However, Basketball Ireland CEO Bernard O'Byrne says a lot of indoor sports continue to be a "government afterthought" as national squads await clarification regarding their preparations ahead of this summer's European Championships.

In a statement released on Wednesday evening, Basketball Ireland said: "The latest restrictions issued by the Irish Government on Tuesday 30 March, which have again failed to take basketball and indoor sports into account.

"The Government guidelines state that from April 19th high performing athletes, as approved by Sport Ireland, can resume training, however we are still awaiting clarification from Sport Ireland if this applicable to our Irish international squads, who are preparing for European Championships this summer."

Basketball Ireland and other National Governing Bodies are due to meet the Minister of State for Sport and the Gaeltacht, Jack Chambers to discuss this matter next week.