WHO / IOC MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING

Preview Language:   Original
18-May-2020 00:04:22
The World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Saturday signed an agreement to work together to promote health through sport and physical activity. WHO

Available Language: English
Type
Language
Format
Acquire
/
English
Other Formats
Description
STORY: WHO / IOC MEMORANDUM
TRT: 4:22
SOURCE: WHO
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH /NATS

DATELINE: 16 MAY 2020, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

SHOTLIST:

1. Various shots, Tedros and Bach pedaling stationary bikes
2. Wide shot, Tedros and Bach photo op
3. Wide shot, Tedros and Bach at the podium in press room
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Tedros Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO):
“Today's Memorandum of Understanding builds on the longstanding relationship between the World Health Organization and the International Olympic Committee. And it builds on our partnership with other sporting organizations including FIFA. Sport is a natural partner for WHO. By its very nature, sport is about participation, bringing individuals, communities and countries together, and bridging cultural, ethnic and national divides.”
5. Wide shot, Tedros and Bach at the podium in press room
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Thomas Bach, President, International Olympic Committee (IOC):
“With this MOU we can also address challenges and opportunities we all saw from the ongoing Covid-19 crisis, because it has become even more obvious how important sport is for general health and how general health is important to combat the virus and to overcome the virus.”
7. Wide shot, Tedros and Bach at the podium in press room
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Thomas Bach, President, International Olympic Committee (IOC):
“We are one year and two months away from these games and we will take all the necessary decisions at the right time relaying on the advice of the World Health Organization, discussing it in our joint task force, but nobody at this moment in time can really give you a reliable answer how the world will look like in July 2021.”
9. Wide shot, Tedros and Bach at the podium in press room
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Thomas Bach, President, International Olympic Committee (IOC):
“So, we have to be vigilant and we have to be patient at the same time to take the right measures to ensure a safe participation of everybody in the games.”
11. Various shots, Tedros and Bach signing the MOU

STORYLINE:

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Saturday (16 May) signed an agreement to work together to promote health through sport and physical activity.

“Today's Memorandum of Understanding builds on the longstanding relationship between the World Health Organization and the International Olympic Committee,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General. “Sport is a natural partner for WHO. By its very nature, sport is about participation, bringing individuals, communities and countries together, and bridging cultural, ethnic and national divides.”

This collaboration is significant given the fact that the COVID-19 pandemic is particularly affecting people with noncommunicable diseases (NCDs). The agreement has a special focus on preventing NCDs through sport. Physical activity helps lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of hypertension, coronary heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and various types of cancer (including breast cancer and colon cancer).
Other areas of collaboration include working with host countries to ensure the health of athletes, supporters and workers at the games as well as addressing NCD risk factors, including water quality and air pollution. The two institutions will also work to ensure that the games leave a healthy legacy in host countries through enhanced awareness of the value of sport and physical activity.

The two organizations also intend to work together promote grassroots and community sports programmes that have a further reach within the general public, particularly among girls, older people and people living with disability who may find it harder to keep active and healthy.

“With this MOU we can also address challenges and opportunities we all saw from the ongoing Covid-19 crisis, because it has become even more obvious how important sport is for general health and how general health is important to combat the virus and to overcome the virus,” said IOC President Thomas Bach, calling on the governments of the world to include sport in their post-crisis support programmes because of the important role of sport in the prevention of NCDs, but also of communicable diseases.

Globally, WHO estimates that one in four adults is not active enough and more than 80 percent of the world's adolescent population is insufficiently physically active. The new partnership will bring together the sports and health sectors at international, regional and national levels to reach global goal of increasing physical activity by 15 percent, as set out in the Global Action Plan on Physical Activity.
Series
Category
Topical Subjects
Personal Subjects
Creator
WHO
Alternate Title
unifeed200518a
Asset ID
2545213