If 2020 was a year of unprecedented stoppage in the world, and in sports too, with the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, 2021 was another year of enormous challenges for the sports' universe of sports, from professional to amateur, with an Olympic Games' edition that took place without public, as it happened as well with a good part of the professional leagues of the most impactful sports. Depending on the area of the globe, there were confinements, reopenings, and many rules to be followed. As always, the sports world gave a lesson in resilience, bringing inestimable joy to the fans. 2021 ended up bringing a handful of victories to celebrate. Everyone hopes that 2022 will bring the definitive resumption of sports.
Any athlete, even amateur ones, aims to improve his or her sports performance, so they can keep motivated. For professionals, it's much more than that: they must always keep in shape, always be improving, and always strive for excellence. To achieve their goals, they have to use the most adequate and intelligent training techniques and strategies: among other techniques, professionals have to work on their economy of effort.
It is well known that sports are a key pillar of modern society, and it is directly linked to the population’s physical and mental well-being.
Sports have a direct effect on societies on multiple levels, from supporting entire nations to vulnerable groups, children, and youth education.
The success of the vaccination process is fueling the recovery of internal consumption and tourism uptake, moving the economy after almost two years of the COVID-19 pandemic. As it is well known, Portugal is a leading country in Europe and the world in its population immunization, which facilitated economic recovery and eased the pressure on the health system. Consequently, national and international sporting events should be seen as safe for all and as a fundamental pillar for social cohesion and also the return of tourism, social mobility, freedom, and the promotion of physical and mental health.