GAA Handball President Dessie Keegan believes that the likelihood of next year’s World Handball Championships being held in Ireland are slim.
Speaking about the possibility of people from around the world descending on Ireland for the event, Keegan said: “We couldn’t in good conscience have people from the U.S.A. and other countries coming into Ireland without knowing if it is safe.”
Pushed on what his own opinion was regarding the chances of the event going ahead in 2021, the Mayo man revealed: “I don’t see the World Championships going ahead.”
Keegan also spoke about the current structures in place across the different counties, suggesting that there needs to be changes made to county board structures.
“We haven’t moved with the times. Traditional GAA structures don’t work for handball.”
The 39-year-old also mentioned the work done in handball to promote the women’s game across the country.
“The Ladies 60×30 final was the main event at this year’s finals and we have the best female handball players in the world.”
Keegan highlighted the importance of growing the sport and the need for greater exposure.
“We need a media and marketing team to sell the sport.”
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