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UPDATED: Athletics Ireland advise clubs to cancel all training sessions

Athletics Ireland suspends all athletics competitions and events

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Athletics Ireland have advised all their clubs to cancel club training immediately in a follow-up to their decision to cancel all competitions and events in response to the Covid-19 crisis.

In an email to Provincial and County Board Secretaries, Athletics Ireland CEO Hamish Adams wrote that while the decision on whether to hold club training is down to each individual, the advice of Athletics Ireland would be to cancel training.

"Club training is down to the discretion of the individual club, but the recommendation from Athletics Ireland is that club training sessions be cancelled at this time," wrote Mr Adams.

The Cara Bundroan Road Race have already announced that they were calling off their very popular event but Athletics Ireland have announced that they are suspending all events and competitions while their staff will all work from home. This would include any coaching courses and the upcoming Irish Life Health Athletics Ireland Juvenile Indoor Championships in Athlone at the end of the month.

In the statement, Athletics Ireland announced "Athletics Ireland is guided by this expert HSE advice and will physically close our office from tomorrow morning but all staff will be operating our business from their homes. We have all prepared to operate telephones and emails remotely to minimise disruption to our business.

"Athletics Ireland is therefore instructing all affiliates to suspend all athletic competitions and events with immediate effect. We understand that this decision will result in inconvenience and disappointment to many athletes, coaches, officials, volunteers and supporters.

"However, we are sure that all will understand that the decision is taken in the best interests, not just of the athletics community, but of the Country.

"Club training is down to the discretion of the individual club, but the recommendation from Athletics Ireland is that club training sessions be cancelled at this time.

"The situation is changing rapidly and we will continue to monitor developments and update our website and communication on a daily basis."