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GAISF launches new sustainability-focused web portal

Raffaele Chiulli, president of GAISF (Photo by Thananuwat Srirasant/Getty Images)

The Global Association of International Sports Federations has announced the launch of sustainability.sport, a new web portal dedicated to tackling a range of sustainability issues facing the sector. 

The project, which is supported by the International Olympic Committee, is primarily aimed at GAISF’s member federations, and will collect sustainability-related resources and materials together on to a single dedicated platform, available for free to the entire sports community. 

The content, which GAISF says will be updated regularly, is to include sustainability initiatives and learnings shared by international federations under the GAISF umbrella and by governing bodies such as the IOC itself.

It will also offer resources from outside the sport ecosystem, providing guidelines and best practice case studies on environmental issues. Additionally, the portal incorporates a calendar of upcoming sustainability events and workshops.

Speaking on a conference call this afternoon as the portal was unveiled, GAISF president Raffaele Chiulli said that it was part of sport’s “global responsibility” to ensure that the environmental gains seen during the Covid-19 lockdown were capitalised upon even when “the new normal” returns.

He added: “Sustainability must be at the heart of sport, and this will be more important than ever in a post-Covid-19 environment as we look for shared solutions to shared problems. The creation of this sustainability portal marks an important milestone in our united journey to continue to positively impact society in this area.

“As the united voice of sports, we felt it was only right that GAISF created a service to help support our members in their incredible efforts to promote sustainability issues. It is our hope that this platform will not only serve the global sports community, but will also prove to be an invaluable tool for the wider community.”

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