In 2020 most of the world's biggest sporting events were called off - the Tokyo Olympics and the European Football Championships to name but two. Sporting stars have returned to some kind of action, but is it too early for fans to dust off their foam fingers?
Sebastian Coe is President of World Athletics. When The Agenda’s Stephen Cole asked him whether he agreed with the International Olympic Committee’s longest serving member saying that Tokyo-bound athletes should be among the first to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, Seb Coe said they may be hesitant to do so:
“It is really important that the vaccine goes to people that are vulnerable - frontline services...emergency services. I think the athletes recognize that.
“If the athletes do have access to the vaccine, they should take it. But I think most athletes would be a little nervous about elbowing their way in front of vulnerable people or health service workers in all our communities.”
Broadcaster and author, Mihir Bose tells The Agenda’s Stephen Cole the absence of fans present at matches will be tremendous:
“I think the impact is tremendous. The interaction between fans and the players is very important. A player scores a goal. The fans react. The players get that energy from the fans. A cricketer hits a boundary, scores a hundred, and the adulation he gets makes a huge difference. And it has a huge impact. And that certainly affects performance.”
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