GAISF President Raffaele Chiulli today praised the success of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 and celebrated its role in promoting friendship between peoples, countries, cultures and individuals, as part of the United Nations (UN) International Day of Friendship.

The UN International Day of Friendship, celebrated annually on 30 July, encourages people around the world to connect with friends. Friendships can have a huge impact on mental health, particularly during times of loneliness and isolation.

President Chiulli said:

In a world where we often face challenges, and particularly during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, friendship is more important now than ever before. I am therefore delighted that this year’s edition of the International Day of Friendship falls during what has so far been a hugely successful Olympic Games in Tokyo, a truly global celebration of perseverance, inclusion and friendship. I have no doubt that these special moments will inspire peace efforts and build bridges between communities around the world for generations to come.