Monday, June 27, 2022

Why the old Sam Ward wouldn’t have got through the Covid bubbles

Our new columnist reflects on a pandemic-ridden build-up to the Olympic Games - and how his eye injury has positively impacted other people's lives

I spent almost three months in isolation during 2021. Pre-trip quarantine, actual quarantine, the tournament itself – where you are chaperoned to the gym, or to the pitch, and then back to the hockey hotel again – and then quarantine on our return home. I’m not going to lie, it was challenging. 

But there are other sports who have it far harder. Take the Ashes cricketers, spending three months on the other side of the world, away from family and friends, all-the-while under the intense scrutiny of the media.

I can’t imagine what it must have been like on that brutal tour. What those guys have done is phenomenal; they’re incredible humans. When I was struggling, I thought of those guys. There’s always someone worse off than you, who is battling it in an admirable way. I take inspiration from that.

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