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Shinty sets date for league and cup competitions return to action in June

By Will Clark

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Shinty plans to resume league and cup competitions on Saturday, June 5.

Competitions will return in June.
Competitions will return in June.

The sport’s governing body, the Camanachd Association, announced the date as part of its roadmap to get shinty swinging again.

The sport was forced to stop exactly 12 months ago tomorrow due to the impact of the pandemic. As part of its roadmap back, adults and youths can take part in outdoor non-contact shinty and organised group exercise in groups of up to 15 people, including coaches, as of today.

The Camanachd Association says contact shinty is anticipated to resume on April 26 as the country returns to a tiered system, with further details regarding restrictions to be published mid-March by the Scottish Government.

Camanachd Association CEO Derek Keir said: “Since the start of the year we have been working behind the scenes to make sure that we were in a position to restart shinty as soon as the conditions allowed.

"Following the First Minister’s welcome announcement on Tuesday we are delighted to put forward this roadmap for a return of shinty provided Scotland continues to progress in its fight against the virus.

"We recognise that this is just the first step in a journey culminating on June 5th June with that first competitive throw-up in 15 months, but we are excited by the positive response this news has already generated with our member clubs."

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