Covid-19: Let local football resume, but tread carefully

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With most sectors of the economy having already been opened under lockdown level 3, it made perfect sense for certain sporting codes to resume their activities, albeit under very strict conditions, including having to play matches behind closed doors.
With most sectors of the economy having already been opened under lockdown level 3, it made perfect sense for certain sporting codes to resume their activities, albeit under very strict conditions, including having to play matches behind closed doors.

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Since the outbreak of the deadly respiratory disease in the Chinese province of Wuhan in late December, major sporting leagues across the world have been severely disrupted and global events, including the Comrades Marathon in South Africa and the Olympic Games, which were due to be staged in Tokyo, Japan, in July and August, respectively, have been cancelled or indefinitely postponed in a desperate attempt to stem the spread of the virus.

The abrupt suspension of professional matches across all sporting codes in the wake of the havoc caused by the virus has had a phenomenal impact on the industry’s entire value chain. Revenue from lucrative television rights that sustains mega sports clubs also stopped flowing.

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