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Saudi Sports for All Federation teams up with WHO to drive physical activity goals

Saudi federation and global body sign partnership agreement across several strategic areas

Saudi Sports for All Federation teams up with WHO to drive physical activity goals

The virtual signing event was led by SFA president, Prince Khaled bin Alwaleed, and WHO director-general, Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus.

The Saudi Sports for All Federation (SFA) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) have penned an agreement to collaborate on several strategic “health and wellness” plans.

The agreement outlines that the SFA will host the Riyadh edition of Walk the Talk, as well as potentially organising a regional or global technical expert meeting on Sports for All, while WHO will provide technical assistance on the federation’s strategy and align it with the global action plan of physical activity.

In a statement, the SFA said it aims to host international sporting events at the community level, and to build additional strategic partnerships that “propel the SFA’s larger mission” of reaching the Vision 2030 goal of 40% of all Saudi society being physically active.

The virtual signing event was led by SFA president, Prince Khaled bin Alwaleed, and WHO director-general, Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus.

Attended by a number of officials from both organisations, including the SFA’s managing director Shaima Saleh Al-Husseini, the agreement was signed in June.

The two organisations have collaborated twice previously, in May of this year ahead of the 73rd World Health Assembly, and in 2019 during the United Nations General Assembly for WHO’s annual Walk the Talk event.

The Federation continues to ally itself with public and private sector entities, fulfilling its mandate under the Quality of Life programme while providing both virtual and on-ground events to encourage higher physical activity levels in the kingdom.

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