Shinty chiefs delay season start

Camanachd Association chief executive officer Derek Keir.

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The start of the 2021 shinty season has been delayed after the latest Scottish Government coronavirus lockdown, set to be in place at least until the end of January.

The sport has been played over a summer league season, beginning in March, for the past 18 years – although this was interrupted by the pandemic in 2020.

Derek Keir, chief executive officer of the shinty’s governing body, the Camanachd Association, said: ‘It is clear with the government’s “stay at home” guidance that shinty cannot currently take place and this will delay any club’s pre-season plans.

‘Considering this and the safety of all involved I want to advise that we will delay the start of the 2021 shinty season to allow for an appropriate degree of pre-season preparation following lockdown.

‘Our competitions committee and board will meet at the end of January to consider the latest information and we will be in touch [with member clubs] at the earliest opportunity when we are clear on the length of lockdown restrictions to relay plans for local and regional competition that will begin our return to shinty competition, when it is safe to do so.’