European Commission Expert Group Publishes Post-Covid 2024 Report
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This report stems from an Expert Group established by the European Commission in 2021 to address the challenges faced by the sport sector during and post the COVID-19 pandemic.

Their task was to comprehend the pandemic's enduring impacts on both elite and community sports, disseminate effective strategies, and propose recovery recommendations. Notably, as the group's work deepened, other crises, including the Ukraine conflict and rising energy costs, further intensified the challenges in sports.

The report's focus is not only on the pandemic's direct impacts but also on broader matters like environmental sustainability, climate change, and governance. The COVID-19 pandemic significantly impacted the sports sector across European Member States, with both short-term and long-term consequences. These effects were felt across different stakeholder groups, namely sport policymakers, sport organisations and the related industry, athletes and professionals, as well as the general population.

The impacts and responses across each group are summarised as follows:

- Sport policy makers grappled with balancing health risks against social and economic impacts. Lockdowns led to event cancellations, facility closures, and a stark decline in physical activity.

- The European Council highlighted the crisis's toll and called for measures to lessen its effects. Regular exchanges amongst EU Member States focused on COVID-19 measures in sports.

- Exceptions were made for elite athletes in some areas, and sports places were repurposed for health needs in others. The urgency to support grassroots sports and infrastructures became prominent.

- The EU rolled out the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF), with 21 Member States pledging €2.2 billion for sports. At the national level, financial supports varied; for example, Estonia used its Sports Register data for fund allocation.


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