Sports are in the midst of a catastrophic moment. The NBA became the first sports league to suspend operations two weeks ago in response to the COVID-19 epidemic.
Since then, March Madness was cancelled, the MLB was pushed back and all spring collegiate sports were shelved. Spring college football practices are all but lost.
The 2020 Olympics have been postponed to 2021. For the athletes, that year can make all the difference.
While the COVID-19 virus is having an unprecedented impact on sports, these moments are not unprecedented. Forty years ago, a class of athletes that spent decades of their lives training for the Olympics lost their shot at immortality.
It was completely out of their control.
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