ONCE AGAIN, DURING THE OPENING CEREMONY OF THE Summer Olympic Games, a small collection of athletes will march together under the Olympic flag, not the flags of their own nations. Tokyo 2020 will be the second Games in succession where it has been necessary to enter a team made...
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,...
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...
Detroit. The city synonymous with the car industry and famous for being the birthplace of Motown Records and Eminem, has, in the words of financial news organisation 24/7 Wall St., “long been the poster child for economic decline in postindustrial America.” Since experiencing a period economic boom during the first...
As four influential nation states softened their stance on climate action, despite the IPCC’S dire warning of certain catastrophe without “rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes”, it became all the more clear at COP24 that the human race can’t rely on sovereign countries to save the planet from global warming. While...
Atlanta is a special place for Jack Groh. It was here he says, during Super Bowl XXVIII in 1994, that the sport and sustainability movement began in the US with a “small recycling project” he helped develop for the Georgia Dome. Six years later, the director of the NFL’s Environmental...
Investment in industry, innovation and infrastructure are crucial drivers for economic growth and sustainable development, both in modern states and the developing world. And in line with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the sports industry is becoming an increasingly important contributor to this global effort. Over the past few...
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...
IN THE MIND OF MANY AMERICANS, Atlanta’s Westside holds an undisputed historical significance for its role in the civil rights movement. It was the base from which Martin Luther King Jr and other civil rights activists fought for the liberties not yet afforded to African Americans. Liberties largely taken...
IT’S A WIDELY ACCEPTED VIEW that if an organisation wants to create wide-reaching sustainable impacts it should actively engage its supply chain. In convincing its suppliers to become more responsible, a company can become the catalyst for good practice in industries separate from its own. Sports events, large and small,...