Broad recognition from politicians on the power of sport to help recovery:

“Sport is an important part of improving health; we are aware how important it is to restore normality.”

Mateusz Morawiecki, Polish Prime Minister, 25 April 2020

“Carrying on the world of football is a very important thing for our country, but we must do it safely.”

Vincenzo Spadafora, Italian Sports Minister, 28 April 2020

“Sports contribute to the health and wellbeing of our citizens.”

Tomislav Družak, Croatian EU Sports Council President, 21 April 2020

“A weekend with football is much more bearable than a weekend without football.”

Markus Söder, Bavarian Prime Minister, 20 April 2020

“Of course, sport is incredibly important for our health, for all of us.”

Mark Rutte, Dutch Prime Minister, 16 April 2020

"I have been in talks with the Premier League with a view to getting football up and running as soon as possible in order to support the whole football community."

Oliver Dowden, UK Culture Secretary, 27 April 2020

“As long as the requirements are met, I do not see a reason to prohibit.”

Werner Kogler, Austrian Sports Minister, on F1’s plans to host races in Spielberg in July, 29 April 2020

“The crisis has highlighted just how important sport is to the Irish people … it will have an enormous role in helping Ireland return to normality.”

Brendan Griffin, Irish Sports Minister, 3 April 2020