Eco Friendly Beach Volleyball!

Keep the beach

The FIVB and Global Sports Alliance (GSA) have joined forces to help raise environment awareness through sport. The Ecoflag symbolizes the commitment to the environment of sports-lovers and everyone who knows the importance and irreplaceable nature of the water, air and greenery that surrounds us. The Ecoflag programme is linked to the United Nations environment programme (UNEP).

World Environment Day 
At the opening SWATCH-FIVB World Tour event in Rhodes, Environment Day on June 5 was marked with a press conference featuring Mr Okada, the Mayor of Rhodes Mr George Giannopoulos, Mr Thanassis Beligratis the President of the Hellenic Volleyball Federation, Mr Angelo Squeo the FIVB Beach Volleyball Coordinator and other distinguished guests and players including the Laciga brothers where the links between the environment and Beach Volleyball were unveiled. More Pic: The flags were flown at the National Theater in Rhodes, 
which was used as the center for the Beach Volleyball World Tour

Ecoflag flies high in Senegal
June 10, 2003 - The Ecoflag "Keep the Beach clean - Think Environment" message reached the sandy shores of Senegal last week with the launch of a two-year Sport and Environment Eco project. SAPAD (Senegal Network structure for Development and Growth), in partnership with Centre Sportif Fayda (a Beach Volleyball training organization), launched the Eco campaign to coincide with World Environment Day on June 5. More
Pic: World Environment Day was the perfect launch pad for the Eco campaign in Senegal

‘Nishi’ and Asahi determined to help the environment
Rhodes, Greece, June 6, 2003 – For two of Japan’s finest beach volleyballers, improving their results and standings on the SWATCH-FIVB World Tour is not their sole ambition this year. Koichi ‘Nishi’ Nishimura and his partner Kentaro Asahi have just embarked on only their second season on the World Tour and the former Japanese indoor internationals are determined to leave their mark on the beach game over the coming months. More Pic: Koichi ‘Nishi’ Nishimura and his partner Kentaro Asahi begin their second season.

FIVB launches SWATCH-FIVB World Tour-New partners, new era for Beach Volleyball 
Berlin, Germany, June 2, 2003 - The International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) launched the SWATCH-FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour with aplomb on Monday, together with the Mayor of Berlin, new title sponsors SWATCH, the German Volleyball Federation and organisers of the Berlin Beach Volleyball Grand Slam to celebrate a new era in this booming sport. The FIVB also announced the awarding of the 2007 World Championship. 
   Spanish    French    German Pic: Dr. Tatsuo OKADA, the Executive Director of
Global Sports Alliance with the Ecoflag.

Japanese players lead way in Ecoflag project
May 29, 2003 - 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. More Pic: Koichi Nishimura (left) and Kentaro Asahi with the Ecoflag Beach Volleyball World Tour event in Gstaad, Switzerland is setting the example by players using bicycles for local transport in the picturesque alpine town!

For more information take a look 
at the global Sports Alliance 
website at

Hop, Step and Jump to a better environment
GSA's, approach to the environmental problem is unique and practical:

First (Hop) is promoting awareness through the Ecoflag.
"We can enjoy volleyball because of clean air and water, thus the environment. Let's
make sure that we keep the environment clean for future generations."

Second (Step) is promoting the spontaneous actions on the environment.
The GSA has introduced advanced initiatives on sports and environmental issues, such as asking sport fans to take spontaneous actions on the environment. They make this introduction through the Global Forum for Sports and Environment (G-ForSE2003), which will be attended by the FIVB president Dr. Rubén Acosta on November 14th in Tokyo, Japan.

Third (Jump) is spreading this awareness and actions to the 1 billion sport enthusiasts 
around the world.


The One Billion Awareness project was developed in line with GSA's objectives of uniting a billion sports enthusiasts worldwide in the creation of a new kind of society that does not mass produce, mass consume and mass dispose of the earth's precious resources.

Preparation for an Olympic Games begins years in advance and GSA look at plans that are already underway to put the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino within its environmental guidelines.

GSA also look at the latest architectural endeavor from HOK Sports - the 52,500-seat capacity Brisbane Football Stadium at Lang Park, which has incorporated numerous environmental measures to help it fit naturally into its subtropical surrounds.