It is with much pleasure that we welcome readers to the September 2020 edition (citation: SLT 2020/3) of our ground-breaking journal Sports Law and Taxation (SLT) and on-line database www.sportsandtaxation.com.
Since our last issue, the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, which has, sadly, continued to claim hundreds of thousands of lives around the world, not least in the United States – the latest global death total, at the time of writing, according to the World Health Organization, is 871,000 – once again has been dominating the sporting headlines around the world. However, there has been some easing of restrictions and the gradual resumption of several sports, including football and cricket, albeit under special conditions and protocols, including play without spectators.
The future of sport post COVID-19, whenever that might be, has been occupying the minds of sports administrators and policy makers, including the European Union Council, which has recently issued a detailed statement on the subject. In view of its importance, we are reproducing it in full in this Editorial. No doubt, this will provide much food for thought for sports administrators in Europe and beyond, given the fact that, globally speaking, Europe punches way above its weight in sporting terms, compared with the rest of the world.
As readers will see, the EU Council Statement is addressed to the member states, the European Commission and to the sport movement, and its text is as follows.
Brussels, 22 June 2020
OUTCOME OF PROCEEDINGS
From: General Secretariat of the Council
No. prev. doc.: 8697/20
Subject: Conclusions of the Council and the Representatives of the Governments of the Member States meeting within the Council on the impact of the COVID- 19 pandemic and the recovery of the sport sector
Delegations will find in the annex the conclusions of the Council and the Representatives of the Governments of the Member States meeting within the Council on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the recovery of the sport sector, approved by the Council by written procedure on 22 June 2020, in accordance with the first subparagraph of Article 12(1) of the Council’s Rules of Procedure and Article 1 of Council Decision 2020/556.
These conclusions will be forwarded for publication in the Official Journal, as decided by the Committee of Permanent Representatives on 17 June 2020.
Conclusions of the Council and the Representatives of the Governments of the Member States meeting within the Council on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the recovery of the sport sector
THE COUNCIL AND THE REPRESENTATIVES OF THE GOVERNMENTS OF THE MEMBER STATES MEETING WITHIN THE COUNCIL
1 The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic is having a huge impact across the world in terms of public health, economic activities, employment and social life.
2 In the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, saving lives and protecting the health of our citizens, remains the first and utmost priority.
3 In order to stem the spread of the COVID-19, various measures have been introduced in Member States, depending on the stage of the epidemic and other specific circumstances. In cooperation with public authorities, there have been visible prompt reactions from the sport sector. The sport sector has contributed to the prevention of the spread of the virus in the early phase of the outbreak, through various measures and recommendations aiming at all relevant stakeholders, including sport organisations, clubs, athletes, coaches, sport staff and volunteers, as well as spectators and citizens.
So, now read on and enjoy the September 2020 edition of SLT.
Dr. Rijkele Betten (Managing Editor)
Prof. Dr. Ian S. Blackshaw (Consulting Editor)
[5https://www.olympic.org/news/athletes-at-the-forefront-of-the-covid-19-response">www.olympic.org/news/athletes-at-the-forefront-of-the-covid-19-response; “Pass the message to kick out Coronavirus”, www.who.int/campaigns/connecting-the-world-to-combat-coronavirus/pass-the-message-to-kick-out-coronavirus.
 Including in the areas of health, employment, education, youth, digitalisation, innovation, mobility and transport, urban planning, tourism and environment.
 Although due to the diversity of European sport structures there is no common definition of European Model of Sport, some key features make it recognizable. Such features include pyramidal structure, open system of promotion and relegation, the grassroots approach and solidarity, role in national identity, structures based on voluntary activity and its social and educational function.
 For example within the SHARE – SportHub: Alliance for Regional development in Europe – initiative.
 Or under unprecedented and exceptional circumstances, #BeActiveAtHome.
 Including education, youth, tourism, economy and entrepreneurship.
 European Centre for Disease, Prevention and Control.