For athletes, COVID-19 means more than cancelled competitions. Having their athletic goals put on hold and their training routines disrupted can take a toll on athletes' mental health.
With current social distancing measures, Australia's sporting bodies can't rely on physical attendance for revenue. Not turning to esports at such a time would be a missed opportunity.
Changing how a sport runs means appealing to many people who are invested — like coaches, parents and participants — and managing their concerns.