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                                                                                                                                                                                               Issue 26  //  March 2017

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                         hat a long eighteen                  other major sporting events. When leagues

                         months it has been.                  were permitted to play again often it has                                                                                                           EDITORIAL  |  02
             WNot long after we                               been in eerily quiet stadiums with fans locked                                                                                TOKYO 2020: BY THE NUMBERS |  04
           published issue 33 of Touchline                       Grassroots sport has been particularly                                                                                         EUROPEAN SUPER LEAGUE  |  06
           in November 2019 the world                         hard hit with many clubs unable to open for

           went into lockdown, reeling from                   some or all of the period and almost all have                                                                               THE WIDER IMPACT OF COVID-19|  08
           a pandemic that is still having a                  struggled to maintain income. Gyms and                                                                                             THE TOXIC SIDE OF SPORT  |  10
                                                              fitness centres have been especially hard
           severe impact in most countries                    hit, but all sports organisations and venues                                                                                              WORLD SPORT NEWS |  12
           around the World. Many of these                    have felt the impact. Here in Australia, we                                                      INTERVIEW WITH SIMON ALLATSON, CEO SPORTSCOVER |  14

           are now experiencing their fourth                  have been particularly fortunate so far, as
           wave of the virus from an even                     the number of people catching the virus has                                                               THE UTTERLY PREDICTABLE FULL OF JARRYD HAYNE
                                                              been low, but that could change at any time
           more contagious Delta variant,                     especially given the slow roll out of vaccines.                                                                            AND OTHER HIGH-PROFILE STARS |  18
           including Japan just as the                           It will therefore come as no surprise to our                                                                 PROTECTING SPORTS OR PROTECTING PEOPLE:

           Olympic Games are about to start.                  readers that in this issue we examine some of
                                                              the effect that Covid has had on sport.                                                                                      THE TRANS-/INTERSEX DEBATE  |  20
             So far there have been nearly 200 million           During the pandemic, parent organisation                                                                                                             AT RISK  |  24
           people infected and almost 4 million deaths        Sportscover has been continuing to provide
           worldwide from the deadly virus.  The              the essential insurance services for sport. We                                                                           SPORTS AUSTRALIA HALL OF FAME  |  28
           ramifications of it will be felt for years to      have interviewed Sportscover’s CEO, Simon                                                                                                        LEGAL FOCUS  |  32
           come; totally disrupting life as we know it,       Allatson, to ask him how Sportscover and
           preventing people from travelling freely           sport in general has fared during this difficult                                                                                              SPORTS SHORTS  |  34
           and creating a huge economic burden                time and to find out what Sportscover has
           for virtually every country and future             been doing to help its sports clients.                                                                                                           LEGAL FOCUS  |  36
           generations. It has changed the very social           There are also articles on a number of                                                                                         ANYONE FOR PICKLE BALL? |  38
           fabric of society and how we live, which may       topical issues and a review of a relatively new
           have repercussions in the future, particularly     sport, pickleball. Sounds interesting doesn’t it!                                                                             SMASHING THE SNOW CEILING |  40
           for the younger generation.                           Plus all the regular features are back
             At the time of publishing Issue 33 we did        in Touchline, together with the focus on
           not foresee the catastrophic events that were      relevant legal issues affecting sport and
           about to unfold and would have had difficulty      leisure providers. This time we examine                                   For information on advertising in Touchline, email us at
           in comprehending the huge impact it would          inherent risk and the efficacy of the use of
           have on people and the economy….and on             disclaimers.                                                            Sportscover endeavours to ensure that the information contained in Touchline is correct at
           sport. The effect on sport has been severe,           It is great to be back. We hope you enjoy                           THE TIME OF PUBLICATION AND CANNOT BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY ERRORS OR
           leading to the postponement of the 2020            reading this edition of Touchline.                                     OMISSIONS MADE
           Olympics, 2020 Euro championships and                 Best wishes from the team at Touchline.

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