Olympic Federation of Ireland CEO Peter Sherrard has warned that Irish Olympians are losing ground on their European and global rivals because of Ireland's Covid-19 restrictions.

The OFI want to see measures put in place to assist prospective Olympic and Paralympic athletes during the current crisis, including permission to travel to national training facilities.

Under the current Phase One of Ireland's easing of the Covid-19 restrictions, some sports facilities have reopened, but athletes have been unable to access them because of the 5km travel restriction.

Sherrard believes that this is leaving Irish Olympic hopefuls at a distinct disadvantage as their rivals from Europe, and further afield, are under no such restrictions.

Sherrard told RTE this morning that he believes Irish athletes have coped well and responded in the right way to the lockdown but that now is the time to prioritise their return to training.

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