Professional and amateur sports practice has seldom experienced so many losses worldwide, as with the pandemic by Covid-19, which is still without an end in sight.
Former New Zealand team's opening midfielder, renowned Dan Carter, announced at the end of February his retirement from professional rugby at the age of 38. Carter, who played 19 professional seasons, is a two-times world champion (2011, 2015) and three-times voted the best player in the world.
Portugal won three gold medals in the European Indoor Track Championships. It was the country's best performance ever in a major athletics competition.
Seiko Hashimoto is the new head of the Olympic Games. Last February, Japan's Seiko Hashimoto was appointed President of the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee, replacing Yoshiro Mori, who resigned after making sexist remarks, associating the committee meetings' lack of productivity with women.
At the end of January, Rafael Nadal completed his 800th consecutive week in the world top 10, according to the ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) ranking, reinforcing his status as history's tennis player spending the most time among the best in the world.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers won the Super Bowl for the second time (after winning in 2003) in the early hours of February 8 by defeating the Kansas City Chiefs, the then defending champions of the American Football league (NFL), by expressive 31-9.