OPINION: Tour makers to the fore

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It’s impossible for the city’s reputation for hosting sporting events not to have taken a severe knock since the Sheffield Half Marathon debacle earlier this month.

When competitions and championships are allocated to a hosting town or city by a sport’s governing body there are bound to be question marks raised over the suitability of Sheffield.

Some may say that isn’t fair given that the half marathon organising committee is a limited company and doesn’t, say, represent the city’s ability to host a swimming gala at Ponds Forge.

However, that’s the way of the world and it’s important that future events run smoothly day in, day out.

There’s the perfect opportunity to begin restoring the city’s reputation when the Tour de France comes racing through the region on Sunday, July 6.

A 12,000-strong army of ‘Tour Makers’ will be at the forefront of making sure everything goes to plan.

The Tour Makers come from all walks of life but all have a passion for sport and their enthusiasm for volunteering must be commended.

Sheffield cannot afford another ‘Watergate’ moment but the hard work of the Tour Makers should go a long way to ensuring the day is a success.