Qatar partners with the World Health Organization to keep the FIFA World Cup safe

For the safety of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, the government has teamed up with the World Health Organisation (WHO) in a three-year joint project called “Healthy 2022 World Cup – Creating Legacy for Sport and Health”.

“I would like to thank Minister al-Kuwari and Qatar for teaming up with WHO to make the FIFA World Cup 2022 a role model for healthy sporting events,” says Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghrebreyesus. “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. 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 organising healthy sporting events as the world recovers from the pandemic.”

“In these past two years, FIFA and WHO have doubled our efforts to promote the importance of physical and mental health to millions of people everywhere, especially in light of the global challenges from COVID-19,” says FIFA President Gianni Infantino. “We are committed to working with the world of football, from elite players to grassroots teams, to advance the message of health for all. WHO’s new project with Qatar aligns perfectly with FIFA’s collaboration with both sides. Working together, we will harness the power of sports as a catalyst for a safer and healthier world.”

Now more than ever, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, physical activity is extremely important to keep an individual’s mental health and physical health in peak condition. It’s crucial for everyone to maintain a healthy lifestyle as an effective means to prevent life-threatening health conditions. WHO has also indicated that if only the population were more active, up to five million deaths every year could be averted, which only proves how essential it is to keep fit and active.

According to the statistics of the WHO, one in four adults lack physical activity. The stats indicate four out of five for adolescents, totalling an estimated $54 billion cost in direct healthcare. This also leads to a $14 billion setback when it comes to lost productivity.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Interior (MoI) has announced “Watan” exercise under the patronage of HE the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz al-Thani, Chairman of the Security Committee for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022. This will run from November 15th to 17th, and will serve as a test run for the security and safety of the sports event.

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