Where they were previously present in large numbers, they suddenly no longer populate the stands. 2020 was not only a special year for athletes, it was also strange for the people who normally support them through thick and thin when they were no longer welcome at competitions.
Sunday night dropped Studio Sport with the special broadcast ‘Hooggemist Publiek’, for once, the spotlight will not be on the fields, but beyond. And the fans were brought to the fore.
Writers and elite athletes
Writers Frank Heinen, Jan Beuving, Marcel van Roosmalen, Carolina Trujillo and Abdelkader Benali pay tribute to supporters. There are also portraits of fans and top athletes speak about the important role of supporters.
Watch the song of praise to supporters of the top athletes and the five authors in the video carousel below.
Top athletes such as De Jong, Schippers and Bertens address the ‘highly missed audience’
‘Along the Line’ by Abdelkader Benali
‘Vites gives football lessons’ by Marcel van Roosmalen
‘De Koers Mee-making’ by Frank Heinen
‘Own kitchen’ by Jan Beuving
‘Message from the stadium’ by Carolina Trujillo
Presenter Tom Egbers also tells about the history of the sports audience, which goes back to the ancient Greeks.