In the last fortnight, while the eyes of sports fans and writers were focused on the Rio Olympics, management at SBS quietly shelved SBS Zela, the site focused on women’s sport, which was launched in January this year.
The decision was a huge blow to fans of women’s sport. Zela is one of the few sports media outlets in Australia that puts women at the centre. As a contributor to the site, I’m disappointed that I’ll no longer be able to write some of the stories Zela is so great for, introducing us to women who are thriving in parts of sport you may not have known about. But as a sports fan, I’m devastated: in seven months, Zela has become an irreplaceable part of my sport media diet.