The United Nations (UN) marked the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace today. The UN says the day presents an opportunity to recognize the role that sport and physical activity plays in communities and in people’s lives across the world.
“Sport has the power to change the world; it is a fundamental right, a powerful tool to strengthen social ties and promote sustainable development and peace and well as solidarity, and respect. Through our unique individual skills and collective power, we can come together and share creative ways to improve our health and well-being through sport and physical activity – even from the confines of our own homes.”
Even though the COVID-19 pandemic has made it difficult for gatherings for teams and fans to compete, play and cheer together sport can help play a role in building resilience and in the recovery from the pandemic. The UN states that it can help in the effort to build back better to a more resilient and equitable world.
“As vaccines spread hope and spectators begin to return to arenas, the world of sport has crucial contributions to make in forging a safe and sustainable recovery. We will play and cheer again when everyone is safe from the pandemic,” says UN Secretary-General António Guterres.