Funding, facilities and the lockdown hangover take toll on recruitment despite Tokyo uplift
Britain’s sports clubs have been battered by the pandemic, but Alex Yee is hopeful that his two Olympic triathlon medals will help rekindle desire to take part in sport. “I’ve seen so many people saying that they want to be a triathlete, and they want to go to the Olympics now – that’s amazing to see,” he said. “And I guess now the issue is: where do they go?”
It’s a good question. Many sports clubs are in a precarious position, including Crystal Palace Triathletes in south London, where Yee took up triathlon as a nine-year-old – the start of a career that has led to a gold medal in the mixed relay at the Tokyo 2020 games and silver in the men’s event.
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