New IOC-WHO cooperation programme strengthens role of sport in building healthy and active communities
A recent World Health Organization (WHO) report shows that 81 per cent of adolescents and 27.5 per cent of adults are not undertaking sufficient physical activity. In response to the situation, a new joint programme between the IOC and WHO aims to strengthen the role of sport in contributing to the global target of a 15 per cent reduction in physical inactivity by 2030 and fostering healthy and active lives.
The three-year programme forms part of the IOC’s Olympism365 strategy, focused on strengthening the role of sport as an enabler for the UN SDGs.
“Sports participation is an extremely low-cost but highly effective tool for health and promoting physical activity. It also has the power to foster healthier communities,” said IOC President Thomas Bach. “With this new programme, which is another testament to the fruitful cooperation between the IOC and WHO, we want to contribute to a more active and healthier society. We are doing so by promoting the value of sports participation for people of all ages and abilities, hence helping to shape a better world through sport.”
“Sport is one of the most effective, enjoyable and universal pursuits to improve health for all people,” ....