F I V B  FEDERATION INTERNATIONALE DE VOLLEYBALL
PRESS RELEASE 29.05.2003

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Japan players lead the way for Ecoflag programme

Two Japanese Beach Volleyball players are leading the way in the Ecoflag programme, which is sweeping the world with it's message to "Keep the beach clean - think environment," with a "Garbage Busters" promotion throughout Japan. Similar to the movie "Ghost Busters," Koichi Nishimura and Kentaro Asahi have been leading clean up projects on beaches around Japan having endorsed the Ecoflag programme, a Global Sports Alliance project, which aims to leave a safe and healthy environment where future generations can enjoy sport by cleaning up the environment now. The FIVB and Global Sports Alliance have joined forces to help raise environment awareness through the sport of Beach Volleyball. "These two are perfect role models for the Ecoflag activities," said Tatsuo Okada, the Executive Director of Global Sports Alliance. "The fans love these two players and therefore they are the largest promoters of the flag. Before and after matches they talk with the crowd and then lead by example by cleaning up after themselves and in their surrounding area." Nishimura and Asahi are both former Japanese Indoor Volleyball players but since May 2002 the No 2 Beach Volleyball team from Japan have been on the international Beach Volleyball circuit and are currently aiming to join the Swatch-FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour this season, which starts on June 4 in Rhodes, Greece. The next big "Ghost Busters" clean up action is to be organized by Fuji TV in Odaiba, Japan from Aug 1-3.


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