Ahead of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 slated for November 20, 2022, the World Health Organisation (WHO) in partnership with the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) in Qatar, has announced that smoking and marketing of all tobacco products will be banned across stadiums that would be used during the global sporting events.
WHO in a statement published on its website and seen by TOS NEWS on Friday said the steps are part of the measures aimed at ensuring the 2022 global football gathering serves as a beacon for health and safety.
It added that the decision aims at ensuring the gathering becomes a launchpad for sharing lessons with future mega sporting events.
The partnership between the Qatari government and WHO, which began in October 2021, is said to be supported by FIFA and the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, as a measure to promote health globally through football.
The Qatari Minister of Public Health, Hanan Al Kuwari, said the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 is a unique platform to promote health across the world and to communicate that sport and health go together.
Ms Al Kuwari said sport and health are intertwined, and together they play out in a celebration of joy, well-being, and solidarity for billions of people around the world.
She said, “The partnership on Sport for Health has two main focus areas. First, the partnership is working to help make the 2022 tournament – the first of its kind held in the Middle East – healthy and safe. Second, the partnership will capture all that was learned to share with our partners and organisers of other mega athletic events to channel the power of sport to help improve global public health and security.”
She added that by using the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 to promote healthy lifestyles, people around the world can be inspired to play football and other sports.