The sport sector has been highly affected by the COVID-19. In this context, Commissioner Gabriel hosted a high-level conference on 17 November 2020 to discuss the post-COVID-19 situation in sport and to take stock of the lessons learnt from the crisis. International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach delivered the keynote speech. Representatives of EU Member States, EU institutions and the sport movement shared their views and discussed on the impact of the COVID-19 to sport.
“The discussions highlighted very clearly in which ways COVID-19 affected the sport sector, both from the grassroots level as well as from professional angle,” Commissioner Gabriel stated.
“This impact has been also quantified by the mapping study announced last spring, which estimated to see the share of sport-related GDP decline in almost all EU Member States by at least 10% in 2020. The results of the study will be published soon.” “I encourage the sport movement to be active and liaise with the Member States to make sure the funds of horizontal measure are also used to the benefit of the sport sector,” she underlined.
“I fully measure the terrible impact that COVID has on our sector. At the same time, today I heard how much solidarity, energy and creativity there is in sport… I would like once again, to thank all of you for your constant work and commitment to promote sport and physical activity for the benefits of all citizens,” she also emphasized.
“As Thomas Bach said, the values of sport are needed more than ever to have a human centered and inclusive society. Our European model of sport is unique in this regard because it promotes values and solidarity. This model needs to be preserved and promoted. Thank you once more, stay safe and remember BeActive!” Commissioner Gabriel concluded.
More than 600 participants from 54 countries followed the virtual conference.
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