Sports fans missing 'a sense of identity and unity' while fixtures put on hold
The global Covid-19 pandemic has led to the postponement of almost all major sporting events.
Aside from the obvious economic impact on the sports industry, there is also a major social cost.
Dr Gericke says a lot has been taken away with the suspension of sporting events.
He says many sports-mad South Africans have lost a sense of social identity and belonging.
Dr Gericke explains that watching and supporting sport is a social event that feeds a primal need, fosters social connections, and gives many people a sense of identity.
He says watching sport can also be a form of stress release.
From international matches to inter-school games, sport is a powerful tool to inspire others and build resilience.
While the situation is taking its toll on the whole industry, including players, Dr Gericke suggests that sports fans may be suffering the most.
We are sport-mad. Sport is a way of life in South Africa.Dr Henning Gericke, Sport Psychologist
A lot of people live their dreams through sport. They watch and see themselves in the sport.Dr Henning Gericke, Sport Psychologist
Sport creates a lot of memories... the camaraderie, being together, fighting for something and believing in one another.Dr Henning Gericke, Sport Psychologist
This will pass. Maybe it will take a bit longer, but then we'll appreciate sport again. We'll appreciate what we've got in life again.Dr Henning Gericke, Sport Psychologist
Meanwhile, the CEO of BET.co.za Scott Canny says his sports betting business has had to get creative after taking a knock.
We're at the point where we're actually taking bets on people who are playing Fifa against each other online.Scott Canny , CEO at BET.co.za
It's been tough. We never could have seen this coming.Scott Canny, CEO at BET.co.za
Listen to the discussion on Tonight with Lester Kiewit:
"I'd rather they keep on rerunning the World Cup final," says Jan de Koning (rugby365). "I’ll watch it 10 times every day!"Read More
Springbok captain Siya Kolisi is a real man. No, we’re not talking about his bulging muscles and penchant for crushing Englishmen.Read More
The Springbok rugby captain let his family cut his hair and seemed very amused at the results.Read More
A Sascoc survey shows over 80% of sports federations will only survive for 6 months under current lockdown restrictions.Read More
The 2020 Comrades Marathon will not refund the R600 entry fee to local entrants. Consumer journo Wendy Knowler says this is unwise and illegal.Read More
ATP Tour posted two women playing tennis from the roof of one apartment block to another.Read More
Pets are human too! Abongile Nzelenzele interviews fitness fanatic Liezel van der Westhuizen for advice on keeping dogs active.Read More
Siya and the boys shine! It's a very different setting from the rugby field and it's most certainly a goosebump moment.Read More
Instead of waiting for the endurance event in November, Charlotte Raubenheimer decided to create her own triathlon at home - for a good cause.Read More
Africa's biggest running event, the Two Oceans Marathon has been called off by organisers in light of the coronavirus.Read More