Blitz blow but sensible option is taken

CHRISTMAS in Kerry just won’t be the same for basketball fans following confirmation that the hugely popular St Mary’s Christmas Blitz in Castleisland has been postponed.

Organisers of the big event, now in its 51st year, have decided to take the sensible course of action due to the Covid-19 pandemic and in the interests of public health.

“Over the past few months a number of options were discussed and the club held off for as long as possible before coming to the decision to cancel,” said St Mary’s club chairman Eamon Egan.

“Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it was felt that this was the responsible decision to make as the safety of participants could not be guaranteed,” he added.

The club acknowledged that it would be a huge loss to families locally and to everyone in the basketball community but the committee members felt they had no option and that it was the responsible decision to make.

The club celebrated 50 years of the blitz last December and over the previous half a century it grew into one of the most popular and successful sporting events in the county, with 169 games played over five days in the golden jubilee year.

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