(dpa) – FIFA president Gianni Infantino believes there is “light at the end of the tunnel” amid the coronavirus pandemic and that football can play “play a central role in bringing communities together.”
Writing a guest piece in the UN Chronicle magazine on April 6 for the United Nations celebrating the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace, the world football chief said vaccines meant life would again be lived without the “constraints imposed by the pandemic.
“Through football, we will be able to get back in shape physically, socialise with our teammates and rivals, and fill stadiums again,” the 51-year-old Infantino wrote.
“We will regain some of what was lost in the past year and hopefully bring back joy and smiles.”
FIFA, he said, wanted to help the recovery from the pandemic beyond the sport itself.
“Football and society have a symbiotic relationship: what is good for society is good for football and vice versa,” said Infantino.