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Title [ICM Pick] The Commonwealth, COVID-19 Response Centre
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Consisted of 54 member governments, the Commonwealth countries cooperate to promote common goals such as prosperity, democracy and peace. Utilizing the Commonwealth Innovation, an already existing online platform for knowledge sharing and exchange, the association has created a COVID-19 Response Centre in correspondent to the global health outbreak regarding the coronavirus. The platform provides recent information, data and resources for the governments of Commonwealth countries and all those involved in responding to the COVID-19 medical emergency. It shares daily updates and analysis on the epidemic and offers exemplary practice guidelines on diverse fields from medical goods to education, and even physical activity.
According to the Commonwealth Innovation’s ‘Sport and the coronavirus’ page, the COVID-19 pandemic has negatively impacted the opportunity for people to stay active worldwide. Despite the social distancing, experts emphasize the importance of regular physical activity while taking precautions(Chen, p. et al. 2020). The ‘Exercise and fitness advice’ page provides a list of links about advice and guidance on staying active which could be a useful resource for individuals during lockdown periods. The ‘Policies and guidelines’ page shares government guides on return to sporting activities, prevention and containment measures, and advice from international sport organizations.
These information can be easily accessed online, and can become useful tool for all people in the sporting world, including martial arts. Essential measures and restrictions are necessary but, sharing of knowledge, active communication, and cooperation may allow the world to enjoy physical activity again. However, we have to remember that physical activity with a group of people can still increase the chances of a contagion if precautions are not taken seriously. It is important to collect recent information and continuously reflect them into the up-dated precaution measures, and constantly share new findings and lessons with other people.
Chen, P., Mao, L., Nassis, G. P., Harmer, P., Ainsworth, B. E., &Li, F. (2020). Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): The need to maintain regular physical activity while taking precautions. Journal of sport and health science, 9(2), 103–104. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jshs.2020.02.001