During the world's largest and most important sporting competition, the Olympic Games, the scientific journal The Lancet published a few studies on the importance of physical activity and the public health risks associated with a sedentary lifestyle, aggravated by the covid-19 pandemic that led to the confinement of millions of people about a year and a half ago.
João Paulo Félix, an athlete and sociologist, is a 50-year-old marathon runner who has covered many kilometres throughout his life. He ran many for social causes, such as Autism or Multiple Sclerosis. His proposal this summer: run across all of Portugal for 40 consecutive days, under high temperatures, to raise awareness for children’s rights.
With Telma Monteiro and Nelson Évora as Portugal's standard-bearers at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, taking place from July 23 to August 8, 2021, the Portuguese delegation will be arriving at the grand opening day filled with talent and hope.
The women's version of the famous Tour de France will start in 2022, at the Champs Elysées, right after the men's race finish.
For over a century, sports have been widely regarded as one of the most effective integration tools and unifying factor to reduce differences between people. Sports as an integration device is valid for populations at risk of social exclusion, be it deprived and vulnerable populations, children and adolescents, the elderly, people with disabilities, and refugees and migrants in general.
Despite the pandemic period that greatly affected sports in general, it is fair to say that many were the modalities with surprising results for Portugal, despite all the training restrictions and others that athletes faced, clearly signaling the spirit of resistance that sports bring about.