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Dr. Fauci Stresses Importance of Sports, But Health, Welfare Comes First

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Are you itching for the return of sports?

For the past few months, since sports have been shut down, many people have been waiting--both patiently and impatiently for the return of sports.

TheStreet's colleague over at Sports Illustrated are just some of the Americans awaiting the return of sports.

So, of course, when TheStreet got a chance to sit down with Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, we had to ask him about his thoughts around the return of sports--especially as a former athlete himself.

"Well, as you probably know, because people have written about it, I am a former athlete. I run a little now, but I wouldn't call that athletic. Yes, I'm a sports fan. I think that sports in the United States is a very important part of the culture of the United States. Baseball, the American pastime, but other sports, football, hockey, soccer, basketball, all the kinds of things that are good for the country. Because it's good for your mental health. It's a good way to relax. It's a good way to vicarious, get thrills of seeing stars do what they do," said Fauci. "So, we all would love to get sports back to where it was normally. But we've got to remember we have responsibility for the health and the welfare of people. If we could do both simultaneously, that would be wonderful."

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