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Community sport: 'When we started playing, I forgot about the virus. It was absolutely thrilling'

A single five-on-five basketball match offered Nick Bhasin a fleeting sense of pleasure he had not felt since before lockdown started

The last time I played basketball was in mid-March. My teammates and I – I’ve played basketball every week with the same group of guys for over 10 years now – laughed about the coronavirus. We stopped shaking hands but we weren’t socially distanced. Some made “joke coughs” and there was a general feeling that this pandemic wasn’t going to affect us.

By the following week, basketball had stopped all around the world and we were all on Zoom calls wondering just what in the hell was happening. No one was laughing then.

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