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Farewell 2020, sport’s bizarro year of fear, decay and uplifting change | Barney Ronay

The past 12 months have been like no other and while most of it has been troubling and terrible there has been some good, most notably the rise of athlete activism

It was the worst of times. And in between it was also – just to be clear – the worst of times all over again. Farewell 2020. No need to write. Don’t, as they say, let the door hit your arse on the way out.

The lamps went out across the sporting world in the second week of March. In the months since they have flickered back on, emergency generators fired up, an ersatz version of reality winched into place, with its tinny fanfare and digitised cheers. Beneath this dressing the year in sport has been much like the year everywhere else.

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