SINGAPORE - Players, fans and staff have been making a difference at the FIBA 3x3 Asia Cup 2023 through important sustainability initiatives aimed at being environmentally friendly and providing public awareness.
Sustainability is a major pillar of FIBA, which last year became the first basketball organization to obtain the international sustainability standard ISO 20121 for a competition.
Inspired by the London 2012 Olympics, ISO 20121 is an
internationally recognised certificate for sustainable events in a bid for organizations to become more socially responsible and reduce its environmental footprint.
FIBA's targets for the FIBA 3x3 World Tour and the FIBA 3x3 Asia Cup include reducing carbon emissions, while providing local engagement, welfare, diversity and material use.
During the Asia Cup, which is being held at the Singapore Sports Hub OCBC Square for the first time, there have been practical steps in place to make the event eco-friendlier.
Single-use plastics have been discouraged with players and staff receiving reusable water bottles, while water canisters are available throughout the venue.
To further reduce the event’s carbon footprint, players, officials and volunteers have been provided with ez-link cards to take public transport to and from the hotel, training and competition venues.
It is estimated that the carbon footprint per return trip for each athlete is about seven times less by train than car.
Catering for players, officials and staff includes biodegradable and reusable options, which have replaced single use plastic cutlery.
Players, volunteers and event staff have taken a pledge to sustainability, which the wider public is also encouraged to support.