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COVID-19 outbreak will not affect women�s sport: Perry

By The Assam Tribune

SYDNEY, April 30: Amidst concerns that cash-strapped governing bodies will give priority to men�s events over less-lucrative women�s fixtures once the health crisis triggered by COVID-19 pandemic is over, star Australia all-rounder Ellyse Perry believes that women sport will emerge unscathed.

Sporting activities around the world have been brought to a grinding halt by the coronavirus outbreak.

Boards like Cricket Australia are facing a financial crisis and were forced to lay off majority of their staff but Perry believes that governing bodies will look for new ways of revenue generation.

�Sport in general is resilient and I can�t actually see it having a long-lasting negative effect,� Perry told the Australian Associated Press.

�It�s certainly made organisations rethink how they run their sports and their codes and potentially strip it back to what is really important.

�That�s not necessarily a bad thing. I don�t think it�s going to affect women�s sport. It�s become so apparent that if you want all your population engaging in your code you need to engage all the population. And part of that is having women�s involvement,� she added.

Women�s cricket has enjoyed unprecedented attention in the recent years, with about 86,000 spectators attending the Twenty20 World Cup final between Australia and India, last month. � PTI

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