Remember the early days of the first lockdown? That spring was full of high days, pale blue skies, clean air, tranquil parks and bright suns. State-backed quarantine felt like a novelty, so too the social contact that resumed as we re-opened during the summer months. In the harsh winter, we reassured ourselves that this summer would be much like the last, only a little sweeter – long-awaited weddings, much-missed family gatherings, the freedom to travel abroad would all resume.
Like it or not, sport is intertwined with politics. Sportsmen who reject the link are shirking the responsibility that accompanies their money and fame.