African football legend Didier Drogba has been appointed World Health Organization (WHO) Goodwill Ambassador for Sports and Health, the Organisation announced on Monday.
“Drogba, from Côte d’Ivoire, will support WHO to promote the Organization’s guidance on the benefits of physical activity and other healthy lifestyles, and highlight the value of sports, particularly for youth”, WHO announced on their official website.
After his nomination, the Chelsea hero in 2012 UEFA Champions league final expressed delight to start this new job.
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“I am honoured to team up with the World Health Organization and support its work to help people reach the highest level of health possible, especially young people in all countries,” Drogba said.
“I have benefited first hand from the power of sports to lead a healthy life and I am committed to working with WHO to share such gains worldwide.”
WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, feels excited to have a man such as Didier Drogba in the Organization and hailed his impact on off the pitch.
“Didier is a proven champion and game changer both on and off the pitch,” said Dr Tedros.
“We are pleased to have him playing on our team, and helping communities worldwide reach and score goals through sports for their physical and mental health and well-being.
“He will also support the mobilization of the international community to promote sports as an essential means for improving the physical, mental health and social well-being of all people, including in helping COVID-19 recovery efforts.”