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Options looked on how to salvage shinty


By Will Clark

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SHINTY chiefs are working on a number of options as to how they can salvage the 2020 season, if it is possible.

Camanachd Association president Keith Loades.
Camanachd Association president Keith Loades.

However, they admit they will not be able to know if they can until they know when the sport will be able to restart.

Camanachd Association president Keith Loades says clubs across Scotland are being asked for their opinions on what can be done in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, which has sent the sporting calendar into chaos.

But he says they could not offer any answers until they are told when the season can start safely.

He said: “The disappointment of not being able to play or watch shinty is felt by everyone devoted to the game.

“The question we now all want an answer to is when will this shutdown be lifted, and when can we start playing again. Unfortunately, there is no timescale on this at the moment and so our ability to make plans are very limited.

“Our competitions committee have studied many options but until we know the number of weeks available, assuming there are any, all scenarios could be of little use.

“ We will endeavour to make the best use of time if there is time available and we would welcome input from clubs in order to gauge opinion on this matter.”

The shinty season was cancelled on Friday, March 13 after only one round of league matches taking place.

Loades says while it is frustrating no shinty can be played, public health must come first and shinty must only return when it is safe to do so.

“This virus has affected everything and everybody,” he said.

“While the lack of matches is regrettable, the health of everyone is of paramount importance and I congratulate my colleagues at the Camanachd Association for their early recognition of the severity of this outbreak and for prompt action.”


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