Didier Drogba appointed as WHO’s Goodwill Ambassador for Sport and Health

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has appointed Didier Drogba as its Goodwill Ambassador for Sport and Health.

Didier Drogba appointed as WHO’s Goodwill Ambassador for Sport and Health

The former Ivory Coast international will help to promote the benefits of physical activity, healthy lifestyles and sports, especially for children.

Drogba had a successful football career, which saw him win everything with Chelsea and also play over 100 matches for his country.

Since hanging his boots in 2018, the 43-year-old has been working in various roles and is now set to work with the WHO.

He has previously been part of various health campaigns, including that of healthy lifestyles, anti-malaria and HIV prevention and control.

Following his announcement as the WHO’s Goodwill Ambassador for Sport and Health, Drogba said: “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.”

“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.”

Meanwhile, the WHO’s Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, described Drogba as a proven champion and a game-changer.

“Didier is a proven champion and game changer both on and off the pitch. 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,” Dr Tedros added.

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