The World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) today signed an agreement to work together to promote health through sports and physical activity.
WHO Director General Drs. “I am pleased to formalize this long-term partnership with the International Olympic Committee,” said Tedros Teros Adnom Ghebayeus. “WHO works not only to respond to illness but to help people realize their healthiest lives and this partnership will do the right thing. Physical activity is the key to good health and well-being.”
This collaboration is time-bound. The current COVID-19 epidemic is particularly affecting people with non-disease (NCD). The agreement focuses on preventing NCDs through sports. Physical activity helps reduce the risk of low blood pressure and hypertension, coronary heart disease, stroke, diabetes and various types of cancer (including breast cancer and colon cancer). Other areas of cooperation include addressing NCD risk factors including water quality and air pollution, as well as working with host countries to ensure the health of athletes, supporters and workers at the Games. Both institutions will also work to ensure that sports leave a healthy legacy in the host countries through raising awareness about the value of sports and physical activity. The two organizations intend to work together to promote grassroots and community sports programs that have access to the general public, especially among girls, the elderly and people with disabilities, who may find it difficult to keep active and healthy. is. “In the last few months in the current crisis, we have all seen how important sports and physical activity are to physical and mental health. Sports can save lives, ”said Thomas Bach, president of IOC. “The IOC called on the world’s governments to include sports in post-crisis support programs due to the important role of sports in NCD prevention, but also communicable diseases.” Globally, the WHO estimates that 1 in 4 adults is not sufficiently active and more than 80% of the world’s adolescent population is insufficiently physically active. The new partnership will bring together the international activity, sports and health sectors at the regional and national levels, allowing access to the global action plan with a 15% increase in the global action plan on physical activity.