The FIFA Foundation announced this Monday that it will organize a soccer match to benefit the fight against coronavirus. Although no further details of the date and place where the meeting will take place, as well as the figures that will form the art of the event, the agency left its commitment to collaborate in the context of the pandemic.
"We have a responsibility to show solidarity and continue to do our utmost to participate in and support pandemic activities," said the FIFA President, Gianni Infantino. Then, he added: "We have actively participated in raising awareness through various other campaigns, and FIFA has also contributed financially to this cause, but now we are committed to organizing this global fundraising event when health conditions allow, even though it may take a few months"
FIFA established that the funds raised in the charity match will go to Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT, “Access to COVID-19 Tools”), a global partnership that aims to accelerate development, production and equitable global access to essential new health technologies to combat coronavirus, including diagnostics, therapeutics and vaccines.
Mauricio Macri, Executive President of the FIFA Foundation, stated that the entity “It will involve not only the global football community, but also other stakeholders, from non-governmental organizations to other foundations, including the private sector and governments., in order to guarantee that this initiative is a significant help for those who are at the forefront of research in the fight against COVID-19 ”.
"Our goal is to develop and support a society that can offer a balance in terms of preventing this type of disease and future life, and at the same time, create an environment in which sustainability can truly prosper, ”added the former President of Argentina.
The former footballer Youri Djorkaeff, current Director General of the FIFA Foundation, announced that Details of the match, including venue, date, participants and format, will be announced shortly.
"Various scenarios and plans are currently being considered, all consistent with health and other guidelines relevant from the respective governments and international organizations ”, concluded the French.
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