The Portuguese judoka, Telma Monteiro, became European champion on April 15 and won her 15th medal in 15 Europeans. At the age of 35, Telma reinforces her status as the most awarded athlete, holding more than a third (15 of the 35) of all Portuguese judo medals.
If 2020 was an unprecedented year for the world in general, and for sport in particular, 2021 is no less challenging: in-between states of emergency in several countries, testing and vaccination of athletes, mass public testing, and pilot tests of sports events with an audience, sports is coming back, step by step.
The global impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has had enormous repercussions on the sports industry as we know it today, as the different modalities had no alternative but to suspend the competitions.
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.