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Shinty season in balance as Camanachd Association meet to discuss effects of coronavirus pandemic


By Will Clark

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Shinty chiefs are set to meet today to discuss the impact the coronavirus pandemic is having on the sport.

The Camanachd Association are set to hold a board meeting to discuss the impact Covid-19 has had on clubs and if anything can be done for the rest of the season.

Only one round of league matches were played during the 2020 season before shinty was officially suspended on Friday, March 13 in a bid to prevent the spread of the virus.

Lovat’s Lorne Mackay gets in front of Glenurquhart's Andrew Corrigan at Balgate, Kiltarlity.
Lovat’s Lorne Mackay gets in front of Glenurquhart's Andrew Corrigan at Balgate, Kiltarlity.

With the Scottish Government set to lift restrictions on angling, bowls, golf and tennis, Camanachd Association chief executive Derek Keir has written to clubs saying they will be looking at how shinty can restart.

In the letter, he said over the next few weeks, they will be focused on developing a route map for shinty clubs aligned to Scottish Government guidance that will provide information and guidance to consider through each stage of the route map.

They are also planning to release a questionnaire in the coming weeks to help them understand the impact that Covid-19 has had on all shinty clubs and will use this feedback to inform its planning to support clubs from the virus’s impact.

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