Because in my view the truth is that sport has never done enough properly to tackle racism, has never felt entirely comfortable discussing race, has too often been a follower not a leader, and is not honest about why so many Black people feel excluded and are let down by a system that perpetuates a significant ethnicity gap, both in terms of participation and leadership.
We have had conversations within Sport England that have rightly been uncomfortable this week as we have sought to support and listen to Black colleagues who have particularly found this time so challenging, and asked questions of ourselves as to what we are actually doing to make change.
Among the questions we have been asking ourselves is how we as an organisation of influence can say that we abhor racism and injustice and are committed strategically to tackling the inequalities that prevent people taking part in sport, whilst not at the same time being honest that collectively we simply have not done enough.
This was laid out starkly for all of us who attended the ‘Sport for All?’ event in Birmingham - where we set out via an in-depth report the deep-rooted inequalities that exist across this country when it comes to participation in sport and activity, and where it was obvious that despite years of well-intended investments and interventions, we have just not gone far or deep enough to make long lasting change.
It is apparent internally too in both the number of Black people employed overall across Sport England and particularly in our most senior roles.