As the vaccination programs advance all over Europe and the US, society's deconfinement is a reality, and with it comes the much-needed economic recovery. Sports and tourism are moving forward once again, after 18 months of vertiginous fall.
In August 2016, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) approved five new Olympic disciplines, debuting at the Tokyo Olympic Games. They are surfing, climbing, karate, skateboarding, and baseball/softball, chosen from a shortlist of 26.
Now that the pandemic is slowing down by the day - or so it seems -, restrictions are easing and events are coming back.
Sports events, because of their highly physical contact nature, suffered a heavy hit, and in 2020 were forced to adapt, as was the case with the Portugal Rugby Youth Festival (PRYF). But it wasn't always like this, and it won't be like this year either. In 2021, on October 23 and 24, the greatest youth rugby international tournament is back, and back in person!
Skateboarding made its entrance in the Olympic Games for the first time in Tokyo, and Portugal was represented by an athlete who keeps growing and adding great results to his career history. He is Gustavo Ribeiro, 20 years old, and after his recent 8th place in Tokyo, where he got an Olympic diploma despite having competed injured, he shone again at the end of August, in the USA, winning the first stage of the World Street Skateboarding League.
We all know Cristiano Ronaldo, a professional footballer originally from Madeira, Portugal. Often regarded as one of the best and most complete players of all time, he was voted best player in the world by FIFA and France Football, receiving the Ballon d'Or award (which for a period was renamed the FIFA Ballon d'Or) a total of five times: 2008, 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017. He has also won the UEFA Golden Boot award a total of four times. In addition, he has won the UEFA Best Player in Europe award three times and the UEFA Best Club Player award once.
Miguel Blanco, a 25-year-old surfer from Cascais, had his first contact with the sea and a surfboard when he was seven years old. A connection that immediately made him fall in love with the sport and led him to a life surrounded by waves. He is a two-time national surfing champion, in 2018 and 2019, among countless other victories. As a professional surfer, Miguel has visited hundreds of beaches in Portugal and around the world.