SYDNEY (Australia) – The Local Organizing Committee (LOC) for the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2022 aims to make this year’s edition the most enduring since the competition’s inception in 1953.
With the support of FIBA and the Australian government, the LOC wants to engage in many initiatives. These are aligned with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and guided by the sport-specific United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, which FIBA joined in 2020, a United Nations creation built around three main axes:
Reduction of environmental impacts: By promoting the use of public transport, including free train journeys thanks to the Government of New South Wales; possibilities for offsetting emissions related to travel and tickets for teams and spectators; opportunities for recycling and waste treatment on the sites.
Procurement manager: By using local suppliers as much as possible, using recyclable materials and supplying suppliers who source them responsibly.
Inspiration and training: Assuming the importance of sustainability with attendees, stakeholders and fans, honoring a role model for future events, and establishing programs and initiatives targeting women and girls to foster their empowerment and commitment.
Marianna Tolo, member of the current Australian selection and engaged in the Australian program “Cool Down”, wants to give her full support to this sustainable approach. Tolo believes it is everyone’s duty to get involved to ensure a more sustainable future.
“As an athlete, it can be easy to worry only about your career and how you perform on the court, but whether you’re an athlete, builder, doctor, teacher, parent or anyone else, we all have a collective responsibility with regard to the environment”says Tolo.
“The prospect of being able to contest a World Cup on home soil is very exciting for any athlete, but I am all the more proud knowing that this event wants to commit to the future of our planet, a cause that goes far beyond beyond the sports world. »
Tolo during the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2022 Qualifying Tournament in Belgrade (Serbia)
Melissa King, Executive Director of the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2022 comments: “We are delighted to host such a competition in Sydney and thus bring together the best players in the world on our premises in September, but we are also fully aware of the environmental impacts that such a major event can cause. »
Fans and spectators can learn about the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2022 sustainability initiatives and how to support them here.
The sustainability program is supported by the Australian government as part of the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup 2022 grant.