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Racing at Leopardstown Racecourse will begin next month, sadly without any spectators

Racing at Leopardstown Racecourse will begin next month, sadly without any spectators

Racing at Leopardstown Racecourse will begin next month, sadly without any spectators

Here we are heading towards the end of January and we ought to be coming up to one of the busiest weekends of the annual sporting calendar.

The start of the GAA’s Allianz Leagues and Rugby’s Six Nations, the lucrative Dublin Horse Racing Festival and we’d also have the soccer season continuing on its merry way.

But the quirk of their being five weekends in January this year means we have to wait another week for the rugby and the Leopardstown horse racing festival to get going and the Corona virus means we’ll be waiting a while on the GAA Leagues – if they go ahead at all.

Ditto for the Six Nations, with the rugby authorities planning ahead for the action to start on Saturday, February 6th, but the French Government is not yet convinced. They don’t want teams from Scotland and Wales visiting Paris, as they have to this year, and they don’t want their team going to Dublin and London for games, which they also must do.

Playing the Six Nations in the summer, when crowds might be allowed in some small way, was mooted as a way out. But it seems the Lions Tour of South Africa is going ahead in some shape or form. So a summer Six Nations is not going to happen..

The GAA’s Leagues have to be on dodgy ground too. It would cost around €15million to play them in front of empty stadiums, and, whatever about a grant for the Championship, the Irish taxpayers would hardly look kindly on their political masters ponying up for the football and hurling Leagues too.

Leopardstown’s brilliant racing will go ahead on the Road to Cheltenham, but again in a soulless manner behind closed doors.

Which leaves us with a wide-open English Premier League that seems set to plough on through any challenge and keep us entertained.

Never mind the ‘Big Six’ clubs, if Dean Smith and his Aston Villa side can win their games in hand they are right in the mix to win the title.

And Antrim man Brendan Rodgers could emulate Claudio Ranieri and lead Leicester City to the crown – they are top of the table!

Ok, it’s a bit like Blue Monday, and Blue Tuesday and Blue Wednesday, every day right now. But the world of sport is doing its best to keep us sane – even if some of its crown jewels might go missing or lose a bit of their usual seasonal sheen.

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