Portugal has amassed an impressive number of events and achievements since 2000. Investment bears fruit, we always say, and that is what we have since witnessed on the international sports scene. Portugal made strategic and vital investments to help this sector develop and bring on the results that have long been desired.
Why do many countries' governments decide to stake a share of citizens and businesses tax revenues on high-performance sports? Have you ever thought about it? If managing the common good is the highest objective, what do governments gain or what do community benefits by the sporting achievements of their best athletes?
The 2019/20 UEFA Champions League quarter-finals, semi-finals and final will be played as a straight knockout tournament in Lisbon, Portugal in August, UEFA has announced this morning. This is amazing news for Portugal and it comes as a well-deserved prize for all that the country has done to control the COVID-19 outbreak. UEFA is signalling that Portugal is the ideal country to resume sports activities.
The current health crisis resulting from COVID-19 has put most of the world's citizens at home, and many countries have been "closed for maintenance". This situation caused a series of uncertainties and, in addition to that, this crisis offered a time for reflection on what society we collectively want to build after this hiatus.