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Social Consequences of The Covid-19 Pandemic Measures - Inequality, Exclusion and Stigma In The Participation of “Sport For All”

Saša Pišot
Science and Research Centre Koper
Slovenia

Kaja Teraž
Science and Research Centre Koper
Slovenia

Introduction: The well-known benefits of sport and exercise for physical and mental health are being challenged in the time of pandemic measures, when proximity to others in the community becomes a threat, when 'sport for all' becomes unsustainable, because of increased health risks in certain groups. Whether this COVID -19 era includes and highlights inequalities that lead to further exclusion or stigmatization of 'high risk' and marginalized groups, including in "sport for all" is the central research question. Methods: Sociological perspectives on inequalities in relation to the availability of and access to sport and exercise in this pandemic and post-pandemic period are explored using current research evidence, secondary literature, and qualitative fieldwork. Results: Starting from the standpoint that the virus does not discriminate and can infect all, we can argue that, on the other hand, inequality is evident in a broader discourse about some specific groups, such as older adults, pregnant women, and people with "underlying health problems". For these, new forms of inequality in sport participation could emerge, be reproduced, or exacerbated. Discussion: We need to pay attention to protect and reduce the problem of inequality by reducing risk, creating a safe environment and adopting "best practice".

 

 


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