I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that the British Olympic Association and British Canoeing had an unenviable call to make after Tokyo 2020 got postponed for a year.
Canoeing and sailing were two sports where Olympic trials had already taken place and selections made.
Yesterday it was announced that those selections would remain in place.
It’s a brave decision.
The Games are now so far in the distance that you can be 99.9% sure that the athletes who were the best at the trials wouldn’t all be the best if they had a fresh selection process.
As an athlete myself, though, I would totally understand why they have gone down this road.
They have put fairness ahead of medals and it would take a cold heart not to applaud that choice.
* The decision has been made by the World Curling Federation that none of the 2020 World Championships will be played.
I gather that there had been a lot of lobbying to fit them in at the start of the next season, around September time, but the sport’s governing body has chosen not to do that.
From a selfish point of view, even though I always knew there was a strong possibility this is how it would pan out, it’s obviously disappointing.
Nobody wants to miss out on a Worlds you’ve qualified for if it is at all possible.
But there are others who will be even more gutted.
On the women’s side of things, I’m thinking about Kerri Einarson.
She had to wait so long for the opportunity to represent Canada at a Worlds and now she’ll have to try all over again. When you’ve got Rachel Homan and Jennifer Jones to get past, that could be her one chance gone.
And, from a Scottish point of view, there will be no men’s Worlds in Glasgow. That’s a big blow for Team Mouat and the sport in this country as a whole.
The knock-on effect for next season is significant as well because it will be a shorter window to qualify your country for the Olympics.
That means big pressure on Scotland to first get into the Worlds via the Europeans and then finishing in the top six at the Worlds to secure GB a spot in Beijing.
Some important calls will have to be made by every national governing body and Britain will be no different.
* I think this weekend will feel like the biggest bucket of cold water yet of the lockdown for those of us who love our golf.
No Masters Sunday will be tough to take.
The family gathering round the TV year in, year out happened for as long as I can remember.
The first Masters that sticks in my mind was 1997 when Tiger Woods smashed the field to win by 12 strokes. I was seven at the time and would have been just starting to get into golf.
My memories are of how easy it seemed to be for him. But I quickly found out when I started playing properly myself, and from watching so many close finishes at Augusta after that, that 1997 wasn’t a normal Masters and Tiger wasn’t a normal golfer!
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