Coronavirus: Impact on sports

Sporting Life: To play or not to play, that's the dilemma

Athletes have endured coups, had their lives rearranged by 9/11, flown Spitfires in World War II and been forced to forfeit dreams because of boycotts. Life often gets in the way of hitting a ball.

But nothing has tripped them, as it has the planet, like this virus. Playing has become a dangerous way to earn a living. Travel is fraught with risk and any contact is precarious. In Doha tennis, Bangkok badminton, Singapore e-sports, positive tests have occurred. Germs don't obey protocols.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on January 17, 2021, with the headline 'To play or not to play, that's the dilemma'. Subscribe