The United Arab Emirates Football Association has launched an initiative to emphasise the need for the country’s residents to adhere to safety measures put in place to limit the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.
The “Our Championship is Your Safety” initiative was launched on Sunday, March 29. The UAE FA has postponed all football for an initial period of four weeks from March 15, a decision made in line with government directives.
UAE FA president Sheikh Rashid bin Humaid Al Nuaimi said: “In light of the cessation of football activity, we are all now engaged in the most important and most valuable championship, which is the safety of community members.”
“It is the true championship that we all strive to achieve because of its great importance to humanity in this difficult time, as the world lives in light of the spread of the coronavirus.”
“The UAE is making great efforts to confront the crisis locally and globally through a number of initiatives, decisions and precautionary measures under the direct supervision of the wise leadership of our dear country, which does not spare an effort to assist the affected countries through medical supplies, relief equipment and other support in a gesture reflecting the meaning of humanity.”
Sheikh Rashid called on athletes to participate in the initiative via their social media platforms, using the hashtag #OurChampionshipYourSafety, to encourage residents to train at home and to follow proper prevention measures.
— UAEFA (@uaefa_ae) March 29, 2020