The EuroBasket Women 2021 and the Spanish Basketball Federation are committed to the environment. This is proven by the fact that the event has been distinguished with the Green Sport Flag, Spanish Green Sport Flag, which recognizes those competitions that develop a good number of practices that respect sustainability and the ecosystem.
The entity chaired by Jorge Garbajosa, organizer of the Valencia championship, has assumed a series of tasks such as the use of materials of recycled, ecological or biodegradable origin, the awareness of the participants and the public attending the Pabellón de la Fuente de San Luis, is working on training of ecovolunteers and is reusing materials from previous events to minimize environmental impact, among others. Both the Federation itself and the championship already have an environmental manager, who coordinates all the actions that are being put into practice.
“Sustainability has been a priority concept in the organization of this EuroBasket and one of the legacies that we wanted to leave in Valencia. The recognition of this Green Flag of Spanish Sports fills us with pride and shows us that we are working on the right path ”, has explained Jorge Garbajosa, President of the Spanish Basketball Federation.
For his part, the President of ADESP, Jose Hidalgo, has highlighted that “The fact that Spanish basketball joins this initiative is a great step forward due to its driving role in our sport. There are already 16 Spanish Sports Federations that have adhered to the Green Sport Flag protocol and in the coming months, others will continue to join. “
The distinctive Green Sport Flag, promoted by the Spanish Sports Association, ADESP, has been used this year in 21 sporting events. It was launched in November 2019 and is also the Spanish Sports Action Plan for sustainability and the Environment, supported by the Ministry of Culture and Sports and the Ministry of Ecological Transition. It also includes the Libera Project, whose objective is to keep natural spaces free of waste and raise awareness among citizens about the negative impact that ‘trash beauty’ has on the natural environment.