Euro 2020 is the 2021 edition of the tournament, which is a major sporting tournament hosted by 11 countries. After losing almost one year due to the covid-19 pandemic, this decision was reached with the first game on 11th June with Turkey taking on Italy.

With the effects of pandemics continuing to ravage most countries, Euro officials had to adopt new measures or policies that would make them cope with pandemic-related challenges. Some of the policies that were adopted include.

Reducing the number of stadium attendees

The possibility of fans, players, administrators, organizers, and broadcasters traveling to new countries has reduced the number of attendees who could enter a stadium due to social distancing issues leading to another spike of pandemics. In addition, fans have to test negative before being allowed into the stadium or provide proof of vaccination.

The organizers of this event have to create bio-secure bubbles in all 11 cities and have appropriate arrangements for the emergencies that may occur during the tournament. In addition, logistics have become a nightmare up to date due to varying protocols in different countries to help curb any possible spread of the virus.

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Hosting tournaments in multiple countries

The idea of having tournaments hosted by two or more countries is not a new thing as UEFA instituted it back in 2012 with the ambitious decision of holding quadrennial tournaments across Europe. This was an excellent plan as it helped spread the burden of preparation to different cities and countries, making it possible for them to handle the situation with a falling economy.

With cost being shared amongst those 11 countries, it is easier to cater to services or invest in facilities needed for an effective tournament. The general belief that hosting a mega sporting event brings sponsorship money or provides push to tourism is not the case. With the pandemic restricting movements and people fearing for their own lives, things have changed dramatically.

Grouping the countries’ matches has helped other fans from diverse cities from traveling a lot to different places, lowering the risk of covid-19 infection. However, the players are disadvantaged to some extent by the spread-out tournament. Extensive travel is never a good idea for players due to the risk of possible infection.

Introduction of the 26-member squad

This time around, the number of players in the squad increased from 23 to 26 to cater to any emergency if one of the players contracted the virus. If it happens, the player has to isolate himself from the rest of the team until the test is negative. This is highly encouraged for the safety of the rest of the team members.

Teams had to adopt online mediums for the press conference, and none of the team members was allowed to be available in the mixed zones for media. If one of the members got infected, the match would continue as expected, with him being replaced by the respective sub-member, but the team had to have at least 13 members to be allowed to play.

Rescheduling of the match is to be done if the team members are not 13 failed to which the UEFA Control, Ethics, and Disciplinary Body will decide the outcome of the match. Furthermore, if one of the match officials gets infected, UEFA can appoint a replacement of the same nationality.

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