No choice, everyone stays at home
Like so many other areas that are not essential to life or survival, sport is now paused around the world. We have entered a period of resistance and waiting. Whether in the form of advice or strict instructions depending on the country and the urgency, one catchphrase is being imposed all over the world: stay at home.
Everyone can either take it seriously or not, see it as Machiavellian manipulation or rely on fate, the facts are there: it is no longer possible to take part in a sport involving so many people. The litany of cancellations and postponements of sporting events continues throughout the world, with their procession of restrictions and border closures.
It is unclear how long this crisis will last and, above all, what its consequences will be. Many races are being postponed for a month or two, and the organisers’ strategy is quite understandable. However, it would be very surprising if the return to normality takes place before the autumn. At best we will see a very busy end of the season…
The economic consequences could be very serious worldwide. There is already talk of a new crisis following the subprime crisis of 2008, which eventually impacted the entire planet. In the kart industry, professionals are likely to be hit hard, especially as the recovery will be slow and the previous level will be difficult to regain. National commitment in this phase could mitigate the negative effects, but at what cost?
This quickly painted picture is not a very bright one. For the time being, it is the health emergency that takes precedence and the awareness of individual responsibilities is of the utmost importance. Complaining, whining, criticizing, opposing, none of this changes the problem or makes it better. Everyone can look at getting out of the tunnel in their own way, but it is essential to behave responsibly, i.e. to stay at home as much as possible. That alone will limit the destructive effects of the pandemic, and I am sorry if that sounds sanctimonious to some people.
In the coming months, KSP Reportages will adapt its activity to the situation while remaining as active as possible from its confined premises, by imagining new ways of working, whether on the kartcom.com website, the magazine Kartcom News or in the service of its customers.
Wish us all good luck!
Things are changing very quickly, the writing of this editorial reflects our understanding of the situation at the present moment and we are well aware that it may be overtaken in a while. We apologise in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.