Monday, 06 December 2021 11:55 GMT

Qatar, WHO team up for healthy, safe FIFA World Cup 2022

(MENAFN- Jordan News Agency) Amman, Oct. 18 (Petra) -- The World Health Organization (WHO) and the State of Qatar on Monday launched a new multiyear collaboration to make the 2022 FIFA World Cup, being held in Qatar, a beacon for physical and mental health promotion, and also a model for ensuring future mega sport events are healthy and safe.
The three-year joint project, titled "Healthy 2022 World Cup - Creating Legacy for Sport and Health," was announced at a joint ceremony at WHO's headquarters, in Geneva, by WHO Director-General, Tedros Adhanom Ghrebreyesus; Qatar Minister of Public Health; Hanan Mohamed Al Kuwari, Secretary General of the Qatari Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy; Hassan Al Thawadi, FIFA President Gianni Infantino and WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean, Ahmed Al-Mandhari.
WHO and Qatar, working closely with FIFA, will undertake joint activities to place the promotion of healthy lives, health security and physical and mental well-being at the heart of the world football's pinnacle event, being held from 21 November-18 December next year.
In addition, another critical goal of the project is to set and translate the best practices in health promotion, security and safety, as practiced at the 2022 FIFA World Cup, for use at major sporting events around the world.
"I would like to thank Minister Al Kuwari and the State of Qatar for teaming up with WHO to make the 2022 FIFA World Cup a role model for healthy sporting events," said Tedros. "WHO is committed to working with Qatar and FIFA to leverage the global power of football to help people lead the healthiest and safest lives possible."
Tedros added: "As the Qatar tournament will be the first FIFA World Cup held during the pandemic, the event offers a unique opportunity to show how sport can promote health now and provide a lasting legacy for organizing healthy sporting events as the world recovers from the pandemic."


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