Message from the Benfica director
Leadership, discipline … Vaccine!
The world changed in a few months. This is the time for
to be even more rational and less emotional. Together,
we follow the right path!
In a Portuguese Mission that possibly foresaw a
Olympic participation between 70 to 90 national athletes, the
Sport Lisboa e Benfica integrated in its project 36
athletes (18 from athletics, one from taekwondo, three from
swimming, five from judo, five from canoeing and four from
triathlon). By mid-March, close to half of the
“Benfica Olímpico” was in a qualifying position.
The remaining athletes, according to their respective
criteria, remained committed to reaching Tokyo,
path that, however, was interrupted by the pandemic
and consistent cancellation of national competitions and
international standards. But the most important one remains to be canceled:
Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, scheduled for the
period between July 24th and August 9th.
Pressure from different national committees on the
International Olympic Committee (IOC) has been evident,
already with some countries informing that they will not participate and
others, such as ours, the Olympic Committee of Portugal,
take a stand and request the IOC to urgently postpone
of the event, because this indecision has motivated a
marked instability and pressure on athletes and
teams around the world.
Result of a direction and leadership “to Benfica”,
multidisciplinary, informed, enlightened and concerned
that informs, guides and protects us, we all continue to
home and quarantine since the 12th. We are grateful for
that! More united and supportive than ever, athletes,
also residents of internship centers or residents
abroad, returned to their families
and since then, through permanent contact with the
Human Resources Directorate (DRH) and Human Performance
Benfica’s Department (HPD), have received support
unconditional support from our multidisciplinary teams.
And not only through advice and indications
recommended and to be followed, as well as
coaches and physiotherapists, when receiving plans
adapted training and recovery programs, counseling
in the area of nutrition and, whenever necessary, the
respective individual psychological counseling.
As a result, we have all also received indications
IPDJ and the federations of the different modalities.
State, municipal and municipal sports facilities
private companies are closed indefinitely and in
or close to their homes,
“Exploring” geographically nature, but always
individually and safely, some athletes have
sought to maintain in some way the minimums of a
physical condition, which will always be out of alignment
On the other hand, not all athletes enjoy the same
opportunity in this regard, not only because of
characteristics of the area where they live as well as the
specific needs and characteristics of your
The IPDJ together with the respective federations
work and plan solutions that can cover
high competition athletes in Portugal. But when, how
and for whom specifically?
There are countries and federations, such as China, that
are revealing the ability to keep their teams
Olympic and high competition athletes in activity and
close to normal, but definitely in conditions
very special, with multidisciplinary teams that
act in circumstances of isolation and total security.
For now, the most important thing is that we are all safe
and protected, and for that it is crucial to remain
united and well informed, as well as “commanded” through
democratically elected leadership so that
together we can strengthen our discipline and wait
for such a vaccine for COVID-19, which could free us
again to a world that, for better or for worse,
it will hardly be the same again.