NEW DELHI, April 23: The entrepreneur in Abhinav Bindra reckons the economies of sport will take a beating by the time the coronavirus ceases to spread its ugly tentacles, leaving the athletes in an uncertain world full of challenges.
The champion athlete in him sees sport playing a �large role� on the other side of the pandemic, healing the wounds of a world ravaged by its seismic effects.
�The economies of sport will be affected the most, with many associations and athletes underfunded due to lack of events over this time,� Olympic champion Bindra told PTI.
�This will be one of the key challenges that will need to be overcome, to ensure that athletes have the means and support to continue practising.�
Sport has in the past helped the world in coping with wars and natural disasters. Quite like its role in the aftermath of the second World War, sport can again play a positive role but only after people have attained a semblance of stability, the champion shooter said.
�Yes. Sport does have the power to transcend borders, and certainly capture the imagination of millions across the world.� � PTI