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Coronavirus Compounds Financial Concerns in Women’s Sports

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For Isabelle Harrison, the coronavirus wake-up call came when she rushed to her grocery store in Bologna, Italy, to find the shelves cleaned out of pasta.

Spaghetti. Fusilli. Even tiny bags of tiny macaroni. All gone.

“I immediately thought, ‘Uh oh, there’s no pasta in Italy?’” Harrison said in a recent phone interview two days after returning from Italy, where she is a center on the Virtus Segafredo Bologna basketball team. “That’s how serious it became, literally overnight. It was like living in a panic zone. So many horror stories were coming out.