On this Bank Holiday weekend we should have been settling down to watch the start of the athletics programme at the Tokyo Olympics.

On these shores, the Super 8s in the race for Sam would have reached its conclusion. The Galway Racing Festival, with no shortage of hospitality tents amid a crowd in excess of 130,000, would have wound down ahead of another equine gathering at the RDS. 

But sport, like so much else in our lives, has been upended by the coronavirus.

Lives have been lost, businesses face an uncertain future.

Social distancing, the R rate, wash your hands, contact tracing, surges and spikes - and not forgetting the 5.30 announcement on the daily figures - all too prominent in our lexicon and thought processes. 

The gradual return return of sport is a welcome comfort blanket for many. A time to ponder its importance.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said back in March following the suspension of the Premier League "that football always seems the most important of the least important things". He's right. 

'Parky' leaves us in no doubt as to why sport is important for him

Michael Parkinson, famed chat show host, cricket lover and Barnsley FC supporter, stated that "sport is not war, or death, or famine – it's not that at all. It’s the opposite of that. It’s to persuade us of a life outside of that… that’s why sport’s important." He's also right.

And whatever your own opinion, there is no denying that when the virus recedes, many sporting bodies, faced with financial realities in the main, will simply have to reset and decide what is most important for them. 

In the GAA, we may finally see the end of the club v county saga. And about time too.

The club player now has a window in which the gaze of many will be focused on, this, no doubt helped by individual counties live-streaming games. And this brings me neatly on to the League of Ireland - the perceived problem child of Irish football.

Jack Byrne's free kick found the corner of the net as Shamrock Rovers defeated Finn Harps on the resumption 

The resumption of the action, and with it a chance for people at home and abroad to watch a number of Premier Division games via the WatchLOI streaming service at reasonable prices, was born out of necessity.

In reviewing the first few games in the restart, my colleague Anthony Pyne wrote about this development as "an important moment for football in this country". 

Revenue generated will go back to the clubs, a chance then to garner a bigger audience. The problem child could become a mature adult.

Will other sports look more and more to streaming to boost their product? And what about broadcast rights deals going forward? Will broadcasters, forced with declining advertising revenues, be able to dish out the big bucks?

This will no doubt have an impact on what happens on the field of play. In football, will swap deals for players become more prevalent, even for the bigger clubs?

A view of Tokyo's Olympic Stadium 

A common theme of the pandemic postponement of the Tokyo Games to 2021 has been athletes putting on a brave face and declaring that they will be in even better shape next year. 

Is Padraig Harrington saying something similar with regard to the Ryder Cup being postponed for 12 months? Well, the competition is returning to its place on the sporting calendar in odd-numbered years. 

Speaking of the calendar, World Rugby, prior to the pandemic, was looking at streamlining the global calendar - a move that could see the Six Nations take place in late spring.

On the field of play, there is now talk of doing away with reset scrums and upright face-to-face tackles.

World Rugby also advised making a change of jerseys and headgear at half-time compulsory, banning huddles on the pitch and outlawing spitting. 

Bernard Jackman, speaking recently to RTÉ Sport said: "The most important thing is to have competitions that make sense from a health and financial point of view. It does seem as if the future will more localised."

The latter point pointing to the success of the Super Rugby Aotearoa in New Zealand.

A future then of fewer and more meaningful competitions - closer links between International Federations, the International Olympic Committee and the World Health Organisation - the rise in esports - and more people partaking in simpler forms of exercise - just some of the many aspects that encapsulates sport's 'Project Reset'.

A future that is very much here and now.