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Sport, interrupted: How the coronavirus lockdown is affecting the Indian sport ecosystem

The Covid-19 pandemic has brought the sporting economy to a shuddering halt. In India, the lockdown and its longer-term implications threaten the future of clubs, academies, leagues, support staff, all the people who help move the wheels of sport. In this series, ESPN looks across the country's sporting ecosystem, from the big clubs to the neighbourhood academies, to see how they've been affected.


After 228 years, Kolkata's storied CC&FC laid low by lockdown

With all sporting activities halted, the famous club has been surviving on member subscriptions as well as bar and restaurant takeaways.- Susan Ninan

Batmakers BDM on dodgy pitch but bank on 95-year history to see them through

With the Indian market shut and imported willow piling up, cricket gear manufacturers are eyeing sales to NZ, Australia.- Jonathan Selvaraj

Hot-weather cricket in cold storage leaves Delhi players in limbo

The off-season tournaments help those on the fringes get noticed, and act as a warm-up for the first-class season.- Jonathan Selvaraj

Kolhapur's famous wrestling pits hit a muddy patch

The lockdown has shaved two months off the season, leaving the traditional training schools scrambling for a safety net. - Saket Parekar

For Lozenge Didi, no football is a bitter pill to swallow

Jamuna Das, Kolkata's famous matchday sweet-seller, is getting by with help from the football fraternity. - Susan Ninan

Founders of Assam's first Baby League take baby steps to regain lost momentum

Guwahati City Football Club were looking to make big strides following the end of the Baby League in early March. Then, the Covid-19 pandemic struck. - Sharda Ugra

How it all went downhill for women's cricket from the World Cup final summit

The World Cup final on March 8 could have been the springboard for women's cricket but it will now probably return to the backburner. - Annesha Ghosh

Kerala's cult football leagues at (sixes and) Sevens

Kerala's seven-a-side football league has been disrupted by Covid-19, with a potential return complicated by dependence on fans attending in person. - Anirudh Menon

Income freeze leaves gym instructors anxious, confused

One of the earliest victims of lockdown, India's fitness industry will have to reimagine workplaces for a meaningful restart. - Sharda Ugra

Lights and camera ready but no sign of action

The broadcast professionals who work in TV production are mostly freelancers; for them, no live sport means no income. - Jonathan Selvaraj

A racket-repair shop survives on a string and a prayer

The pandemic has eaten into almost all of the peak season for the Awaghades -- the official racket stringers for ATP and WTA events in Pune. - Susan Ninan

Can 'social' football co-exist with social distancing?

With zero income over past two months, a Bengaluru soccer ground faces lingering questions about the future. - Debayan Sen

The multi-league security expert with an insecure future

A South African security expert is forced to dig into his savings, staring at a possible seven more months away from sport. - Susan Ninan

A Bengaluru football club faces uncertainty

The lockdown stopped FC Bengaluru United's season just as they were making the push for promotion to I-League. - Sharda Ugra

Hockey academy counts cost of opportunities missed

Hit hard by the lockdown, the Jude Felix Hockey Academy in Bengaluru fears it will run out of funds soon. - Debayan Sen

An Olympian's swimming academy struggles to stay afloat

The coronavirus outbreak has forced Nisha Millet to shut her swimming academy and watch her income dry up. - Susan Ninan