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Canoeing Among ‘Low-Risk’ Sports That Will Be First Priority When Relaxing Covid-19 Restrictions

28th April 2020
Canoeing could soon resume if Sport Ireland’s list of ‘low-risk’ sports get the nod from public health authorities Canoeing could soon resume if Sport Ireland’s list of ‘low-risk’ sports get the nod from public health authorities Photo: courtesy Canoeing Ireland/Facebook

Outdoor activities that allow for physical distancing will be the first priority when relaxing restrictions on organised sports, the chief executive of Sport Ireland has said.

Speaking at a press briefing with Taoiseach Leo Varadkar on Friday last (24 April), as The Irish Times reports, John Treacy suggested that sports such as golf, which are performed in the open air with significant distance between competitors, would be among the first for review.

Sports Minister Brendan Griffin also confirmed, according to The Times, that Sport Ireland has classified various sports depending on whether they are judged to be low, medium or high risk of spreading Covid-19.

Though there was no mention of single-handed sailing classes, canoeing was expressly cited along those classed as low-risk.

But Minister Griffin stressed that “planning is an an early stage and none of this has been cleared by the National Public Health Emergency Team”.

He added: “We want to be ready to go when we get the nod. It would be important for national morale if some sport could return.”

MacDara Conroy

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MacDara Conroy is a contributor covering all things on the water, from boating and wildlife to science and business

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