Never waste a crisis: Covid-19 trauma can force sport to change for good | Barney Ronay

Elite sport will be fine in the end but the entire structure needs rethinking and taxpayers’ money should go to the grassroots

Pack up the flags. Close the turnstiles. Cover the plastic seats with an inspirational tarpaulin. The gates are being closed. And frankly it is anyone’s guess when they might be open again.

The news this week that the government has withdrawn its mandate for the staged return of spectators to professional sport has been greeted with dismay, and at times a barely contained sense of anger, among those whose job it is to keep the industry wheels clanking along.

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