Physical Activity should be part of Recovery Plans

Physical Activity should be part of Recovery Plans

Sport and Physical Activity should be part of post COVID-19 Recovery Plans

Posted on 17.07.2020

Recognising the power of sport in advancing society, 118 Member States of the United Nations (UN) have called for all States to include sport and physical activity in their recovery plans post COVID-19 and to integrate sport and physical activity into national strategies for sustainable development.

In a Joint Statement on the impact of COVID-19 on sport, physical activity and well-being, as well as its effects on social development, signatories praised the valuable contribution of sport and physical activity in promoting many important areas, such as: education, sustainable development, peace, cooperation, solidarity, fairness, social inclusion and health.

“In this time of hardship, despite our many urgent priorities, sport and physical activity remain essential for our well-being. They benefit both our physical and mental health and help mitigate stress and anxiety,” the statement says.

“Sport (and physical activity) is contributing to the recovery from the crisis and to creating a better world on the health, the social and the economic side,” commented IOC President Thomas Bach. “Sport creates jobs, generates business activity, plays a significant economic role in many countries, all of which are vital elements as countries look to reopen their economies.”

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