Restart. Sport After the Covid-19 Time Out

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  • Title: Restart. Sport After the Covid-19 Time Out
  • Author(s): Jörg Krieger , April Henning, Lindsay Pieper
  • Publisher: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Collection: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Series: Sport & Society
  • Keywords: Covid-19; Health Pandemic; Elite Sport; Restart; Leisure Sport
  • Date: November 11, 2022
  • ISBN (hbk): 978-1-957792-12-5
  • ISBN (pbk): 978-1-957792-13-2
  • ISBN (pdf): 978-1-957792-14-9
  • DOI:
  • Citation: Krieger, Jörg , April Henning, and Lindsay Pieper. 2022. Restart. Sport After the Covid-19 Time Out. Champaign, IL: Common Ground Research Networks. doi:10.18848/978-1-957792-14-9/CGP.
  • Extent: 324 pages

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In the edited collection Restart: Sport After the Covid-19 Time Out, practitioners and international scholars explore the “restart” of sport and fitness following the initial period of lockdowns during spring 2020. The chapters provide insight into the sport and fitness landscape following the initial wave of the pandemic. The book focuses on challenges for sport providers, consequences for sporting participants, and opportunities for new ways of practicing sports. It contributes contemporaneous data, analyses, and insights into the global sport landscape that has been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. This book presents a variety of interdisciplinary perspectives in a total of nineteen individual chapters, organized around five main themes. The first four chapters deal with the restart of sporting events in four countries. This section is followed by an assessment of the Olympic Movement’s challenges after its postponement of the 2020 Summer Olympic Games to 2021. Chapters in the next theme provide analyses of how national governments handled restarting sport and fitness in different geographical locations. Finally, the last three chapters look at the role of the media during the restart phase, both in reporting sport and with regards to innovations and the implementation of new technology in staging and broadcasting elite sport.