More than 50 icons pledge support to AFC's #BreakTheChain in less than 48 hours
Kuala Lumpur: The Asian Football Confederation’s (AFC) #BreakTheChain campaign marked a significant milestone today with more than 50 players and officials pledging their support to the COVID-19 public awareness movement since its launch just 48 hours ago.
The COVID-19 epidemic continues to impact the global sporting calendar but that has not stopped Asia’s biggest names from sharing inspiring messages of solidarity and timely reminders on the best health practices and guidelines put in place by the World Health Organization (WHO).
Kuala Lumpur: In these unprecedented and challenging times, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) extends its wish that all members of the Asian football community remain safe and healthy.
Football will have an important role to play in the weeks and months ahead as the world returns to normality, but now our focus is firmly on protecting the well-being of all those who are involved in our great game.
Each of you, in varying degrees, have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic and many of your Governments have taken swift and strong action to prevent its spread and limit its impact on your communities including partial lockdown or restricting movement.
Indeed, in Malaysia, the home of AFC House, the Government has, as you have been informed, imposed a Movement Control Order and, as a precaution, the AFC had starting 17 March 2020 imposed a two week “work from home” initiative to safeguard the staff and their families from further exposure and will be extended if necessary.
In the meantime, business continues as normal to serve the needs of all our Member and Regional Associations as well as our wide range of stakeholders. I have instructed the Administration to process all approved AFAP payments on an urgent basis to ensure salaries of staff and other contractual payments can be made without any delay.
As you know the rapid spread of the Covid-19 virus has led to the AFC, with your agreement, postponing matches and events. The AFC thanks you for your continued support, advice and co-operation.
Again, these changes to our calendar were aimed at ensuring the safety and health of our Members, their officials, their players, their staff and, of course, the millions of fans who engage with football in Asia each year.
Their health is, and always will be, our priority.
And that is why it is important that the AFC and all our Member and Regional Associations work with Governments and Health Agencies to curtail the threat of this virus and that everyone should take all precautions.
The AFC strongly urges all its Members to follow the advice of the World Health Organisation (WHO) to exercise the highest levels of hygiene and are pleased to note that some Members have also declared a “work from home” initiative.
The AFC has built its strong foundations on unity and solidarity – particularly in the face of adversity – during the last six years and this situation is another challenge which we will take on together to protect not only our communities but also the future of our game.
Of course, the AFC will take a strong lead and will, as always, be on hand to offer advice and assistance to any of our Member and Regional Associations in these uncertain times.
Please all remain safe and I look forward to the time when football can again play a significant role in bringing excitement and joy to people across Asia.
AFC and Asia’s best unite in fight against COVID-19 with #BreakTheChain campaign
Kuala Lumpur: The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has teamed up with some of the biggest names in Asian football to launch a new public awareness campaign to encourage people from around the world to do their part in the fight to stop the spread of COVID-19.
The #BreakTheChain campaign carries the message of solidarity in these challenging times and promotes the guidelines put in place by the World Health Organization (WHO), particularly #StayAtHome, and to practice good personal hygiene, social distancing as well as respecting the rules of self-quarantine.
Al Qahtani, Chan and Taggart feature in latest #BreakTheChain video
Kuala Lumpur: The Asian Football Confederation’s (AFC) public awareness campaign on the COVID-19 epidemic – #BreakTheChain – continues today with a new video featuring former Saudi Arabia and Al Hilal talisman Yasser Al Qahtani, Hong Kong’s history-making coach Chan Yuen Ting, as well as Suwon Samsung Bluewings and Australia forward Adam Taggart.
The #BreakTheChain campaign, which was launched by the AFC earlier this week and was applauded by Member Associations, carries the message of solidarity in these challenging times and promotes the guidelines put in place by the World Health Organization (WHO) to practice good personal hygiene, social distancing and where enforced, respecting the #StayAtHome rules.
Asian legends, stars join FIFA, WHO in fight against COVID-19
Geneva: FIFA and the World Health Organization (WHO) have teamed up to combat the coronavirus (COVID-19) by launching a new awareness campaign led by world-renowned footballers, who are calling on all people around the world to follow five key steps to stop the spread of the disease.
Saudi Arabia legend Sami Al Jaber has backed the initiative alongside India's Sunil Chhetri, China PR's Han Duan and Sun Wen, Korea Republic's Park Ji-sung and Japan's Asako Takakura along with 22 other global stars in the video campaign - Pass the message: Five steps to kicking out coronavirus.
Asian football fraternity spreads #StayAtHome and #BreakTheChain message
Dubai: With all football activities in West Asia halted due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, National Football Associations, clubs, coaches and players have united as one team to #StayAtHome and #BreakTheChain.
The National Football Associations and clubs are playing an important role in spreading awareness while players and coaches are making their voices heard, urging fans to #StayAtHome and #BreakTheChain during this difficult period.