AROUND HALF THE WORLD’S POPULATION (3.4 billion people) tuned in to watch at least some part of this year’s FIFA World Cup. An extreme example maybe, but those viewing figures show the extent to which sport, if played at the highest level, can capture the imagination of swathes of...
At COP24 the UNFCCC unveiled its Sport for Climate Action Framework – a five-step policy to help the sports sector achieve climate leadership status. Over the next five months, SSJ will look at each step (or principle, as described by the UNFCCC) in more detail, starting with Principle One:...
Glulam, a material of glue-laminated timber, has been put forward as the future of green sports infrastructure by Italian sports architect Bear Stadiums. Together with Rubner Holzbau, the manufacturer of the technology, the studio is attempting to move sports venues away from away from cement and tubular metal that either...
SUSTAINABILITY ISSUES SUCH AS CLIMATE CHANGE, economic inequality and social injustice are “pressing concerns” for the sports community, says the International Olympic Committee (IOC), both in its management of day-to-day affairs and its “responsibility” towards young people and future generations. With the publication of its sustainability strategy in late-2016 and...
WHAT DOES THE RANGIT RIVER in India, the Russian province of Kostroma and Mathira East district of Kenya have in common? The same thing that links Brazil’s Rio Grande do Sul state, Pocillas and La Estrella in Chile, southern Thailand and the nation of Pakistan. None of the locations are...
TO WORK TOWARDS A WORLD OF SPORT THAT FULLY RESPECTS HUMAN RIGHTS by sharing knowledge, building capacity and increasing accountability of all actors through collective action. That’s the mission of the Centre for Sport and Human Rights, a sport-specific organisation formed by the Institute for Human Rights and Business...
Twelve years after South Africa etched its name into history by hosting the first FIFA World Cup on African soil, Senegal will break new ground when Olympics rolls into town in 2022. While it’s fair to say that hosting the Youth Olympic Games doesn’t have the same cultural significance as...
Sometimes, a shot at glory is just not worth the risk. It’s a conclusion that Haile Gebrselassie came to ahead of the Beijing Olympic marathon in 2008. Presented with the opportunity to defend his World Record time and cement his place in sporting history, he declined. The Beijing air,...
AS SOON AS HE JUMPED OUT of the water, after a monumentally brutal 49-day swim, adventurer and endurance athlete Lewis Pugh quickly sought articulate his motivation with the attention of the world’s media on him. “It’s almost as if we have taken out all the fish in the ocean and...
THERE WAS A TIME WHEN BEING AT THE TOP END of the table was par for the course for VfL Wolfsburg. An unexpected title win in 2008/09 under the guidance of hardline coach Felix Magath instigated a short, concentrated period of success for the provincial club from Lower Saxony. Although...