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Regional leagues to be established to bring shinty back in 2021

By Will Clark

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SHINTY chiefs have announced plans on how they will aim to bring the sport back in 2021.

Plans have been announced for the return of shinty.
Plans have been announced for the return of shinty.

The Camanachd Association plan to organise regional leagues of six teams when it is deemed safe to do so under Covid-19 protocol.

It is also planned the Camanachd Cup will take place this season, but will be regionalised in the early rounds to reduce long distance travelling.

The same format will be used for the Sutherland Cup and the Alvance Balliemore Cup.

Regional competitions such as the MacTavish Cup and Celtic Cup may be moved to a later stage in the season, subject to necessary agreements.

Competitions director Burton Morrison said no date has been set to start the 2021 season but is confident shinty will take place this year

"We are optimistic that we are able to plan for a number of options for a competitive structure which will give teams the opportunity to get back playing. "The form of season adopted will depend on the length of time available.

"We will allow for adequate pre-season preparation, and will take account of the practical difficulties involved in travelling long distances at present, as well as the recognised key dates on the calendar.”

Clubs will be given a four to six week pre-season in order to get fitness and stick work back up to the required standard.

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