Tokyo, Japan, Nov. 14, 2003 - FIVB President Dr. Rubén Acosta on Friday was presented with the Prince Takamado Memorial Prize for environmental excellence in a special ceremony in the Japanese capital in the presence of Japan's Princess Takamado, the widow of the late prince.
The ceremony took place within the framework of the Global Forum for Sports and Environment (G-ForSE) organized by Global Sports Alliance (GSA) and the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) and was attended by important personalities of the industrial, diplomatic and sport world in Japan, including among others Mr. Masao Morita, Tadashi Yamamoto President of Japan Centre for International Exchange, Mr Hiroshi Matsumoto, Senior Executive of The International House of Japan, Inc., Masato Mizuno, President of Mizuno Corporation, Tatsuo and Noko Okada of G-ForSE, Ambassadors of Luxembourg, Greece and representatives from USA and other countries
The Prince Takamado Prize, a unique one-off award, went to the International Volleyball Federation for its outstanding work in raising environmental awareness among players, spectators and sponsors during the Volleyball and Beach Volleyball World Tour in recent years.
"Our sport has a social responsibility to contribute to protecting the world's most valuable commodity, the environment. The FIVB has the vision that sport can make a significant contribution to the development of individuals and nations by taking sustainable actions in favour of the environment and passing on simple but meaningful social messages to the youth of our 218 affiliated countries and territories" said the FIVB President.
The Eco Flag, GSA's powerful symbol of the need to protect the environment, was flown at all events during the SWATCH-FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour in 2003, coupled with special actions with the city authorities on the Island of Rhodes, Greece and regular beach clean-ups during the season in which Olympic champions Australia's Natalie Cook and Brazil's Jackie Silva and many other athletes took place.