“Kickoff” kick against Coronavirus: WHO and FIFA launch a joint campaign
Coronavirus and Sports 2020
Gianni Infantino, FIFA president, met with Dr. Tedros Adhanom, WHO director at WHO headquarters in Geneva to discuss how football can help WHO respond to coronavirus (COVID-19) and what measures it should take Sports administrative bodies and administrators in specific cases.
The International Football Federation announced the postponement of the World Cup qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup in South America this month due to the outbreak of the Coruna virus.
FIFA’s official website has released a joint statement to all Infantino and Tedros: “Sports governing bodies and decision-makers must always bear in mind that health comes first.” “All sports organizations should be prepared to follow national guidelines, based on comprehensive risk assessments, to organize safe events or take other actions required to protect the health of fans, players, coaches, and wider societies.”
The statement included that FIFA and the World Health Organization, in cooperation with other eminent personalities in world football, will launch a joint campaign to raise awareness and participate in various initiatives to ensure that all people receive the advice necessary to protect and enhance their health and that of their communities.
The World Health Organization and FIFA, the international body that organizes the game globally, announced joint cooperation to combat the Coronavirus by launching a new awareness campaign led by the most famous star in the global game.
Dr. Tedros Adhanum Gebresos, Director-General of the United Nations Health Organization, welcomed the International Football Association (FIFA) donation of $ 10 million in support of the global campaign to combat the spread of the Corona and COVID-19 virus.
Dr. Gebresos said at the periodic conference that reviews the current pandemic situation and conditions, in the presence of the President of FIFA, that global donations from all organizations and individuals “have reached 70 million within only 10 days.”
Borrowing the spherical expression, the highest-ranking UN official in global health said that we cannot beat the spread of the coronavirus by “only defending,” and that we “need to attack the virus” to defeat it.
Football stars are united to “knockout” the virus
Dr. Tedros Adhanum Gebresos stressed at the press conference that is being broadcast from the headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, that the FIFA has been participating strongly from the outset in conveying the message against this pandemic: “Whether through awareness campaigns or providing funding, FIFA has stood in the face of Coronavirus, I am glad that World Football supports WHO to eradicate it. ”
“I have no doubt that with this kind of support, we will win,” added Dr. Tedros.
For his part, FIFA President Gianni Infantino said that “we need collective action to combat the coronavirus” and that the federation has initiated cooperation with the World Health Organization “because health comes first.”
Mr. Infantino invited the football community around the world to join in campaign support to pass the message even further.
“Some of the greatest game-goers have put their names on the campaign. They are united in their desire to pass the message on to kick Kovid-19 out,” he added.
“Pass the message” and don’t touch it.
The campaign “Passing the message to kick a coronavirus” – which was transmitted by a video of the most famous star of the popular world game published in 13 languages - focuses on five major steps every person should take to protect his health in line with the WHO guidelines:
- Cleaning hands
- Coughing with respect for etiquette
- Not to touch the face
- “Social spacing”
- Staying home if we feel unwell
Twenty-eight players participate in the video campaign, which is published in 13 languages: Sami Al-Jaber (Saudi Arabia), Alison Becker (Brazil), Emery Bluesoglu (Turkey), Garrig Borgetti (Mexico), Gianluigi Buffon (Italy), and Iker Casillas ( Spain), Sunhill Chitra (India), Yuri Gorkayev (France), Han Duan (China), Samuel Eto’o (Cameroon), Radamel Falcao (Colombia), Laura George (France), Valerie Carbon (Russia), Miroslav Klos (Germany), Philip Lamm (Germany), Gary Lineker (England), Carly Lloyd (USA), Lionel Messi (Argentina), Mido (Egypt), Michael O Yen (England), Park Ji Zong (Korea), Karl Puyol (Spain), Celia Sasic (Germany), Asako Takakura (Japan), Yaya Toure (Cote d’Ivoire), Juan Sebastian Veron (Argentina), Sun Win (China), Xavier Hernandez (Spain).