Former Red Bulls star Youri Djorkaeff is CEO of the FIFA Foundation, which is planning to organize for a COVID-19 fund-raiser.
Over the years, FIFA has forged a reputation of hosting all-star games on just about every continent. The organization’s foundation plans on organizing one to help combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
The FIFA Foundation Monday announced that it will organize its first soccer match to raise funds for Access to COVID-19 Tools.
ACT is a global collaboration to accelerate the development, production and equitable global access to new coronavirus essential health technologies, including diagnostics, therapeutics and vaccines.
No date or venue has been set for the game yet.
“Further details of this unique event, including the location, date, participants and format will be announced by the FIFA Foundation in due course,” said FIFA Foundation CEO Youri Djorkaeff, a former MetroStar and Red Bull standout who was a key member of the 1998 World Cup champions from france “Various scenarios and plans are currently under consideration, all of which are in line with health and other relevant guidelines from respective governments and international organizations.”
FIFA president Gianni Infantino gave a big thumb’s up to the project.
“It is our responsibility to demonstrate solidarity and continue to do everything we can to participate and support the efforts in the combat against the pandemic,” he said in a statement. “We have been active in raising awareness via several other campaigns, and FIFA has also contributed financially to this cause, but now we commit ourselves to organise this global fundraising event when the health situation permits, even if this is only in some months’ time.”
In a press release from FIFA, the FIFA Foundation stated that it intends to take the opportunity of hosting the match to widen the reach of football beyond the traditional sporting network and into wider society to help support efforts at tackling the coronavirus.
“The FIFA Foundation will engage not only with the worldwide football community, but also other stakeholders from non-governmental organisations to other foundations, and from the private sector to governments, in order to ensure this initiative is a significant help to those who are at the forefront of research in combatting COVID-19,” FIFA Foundation executive chairman Mauricio Macri said.
“Our focus is to develop and support a society that can provide a balance in terms of prevention from such diseases and the future life, creating an environment where sustainability can truly prosper.”
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