A bullish V’landys this morning told TODAY the “procrastination” had to end.
“We’ve got two different broadcasters, one has a different view from the other,” V’landys said.
“It is D-day for me. A decision will be made as to the length of the season. We will meet our contractual obligations to the broadcasters. But a decision has to be made, I think the procrastination has taken long enough. Decisions will be made today.”
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The ARLC boss also hit out claims the game is taking a risk with its proposed May 28 return, despite infectious disease experts also describing the plans as “premature”.
The league boss denied his plan to push on was due to his own stubborn nature, instead pointing to the facts around infection.
“It’s the figures we’ve always said we have to set a target date and if you look at the data and the facts, don’t look at emotion and the scare-mongering,” V’landys said.
“The facts are the past 12 days in NSW the infection rate has been less than one per cent. This will be the 14th day of one per cent or less.
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“When we suspended play, the infection rate was 25.5 per cent. The health experts said then we could play. The big difference is it’s much safer now and it will be safe in five weeks.
“I challenge anyone to tell us it’s not safe. We have done enormous research. We’re going to put together enormous bio-security measures in place to protect our players.
“Our players will be safer under our system than they would be out in the community. People have got to stop using alarmist language.”
V’landys said he’s aware of the Queensland government’s comments about the proposal, stating “we have plenty of time to show her our plan and will send it to her today.”