Sport and Environment

Αθλητισμός και περιβάλλον

"Sustainable development satisfies the needs of the
present generation without compromising the chance for
future generations to satisfy theirs"
Brundtland Report (1987)
The starting point of sustainable development is the idea that the long-term preservation of our environment, our habitat as well as its biodiversity and natural resources and the environment will only be possible if combined simultaneously with economic, social and political development particularly geared to the benefit of the poorest members of society. It finds expression in the integrated concept of environment and development.
Sport embodies a code of ethics and a value system all its own. It symbolizes a sense of sportsmanship based on fair competition, respect and friendship. It also offers a valuable form of education. It makes us better human beings because it breaks down the artificial barriers of class and race we have erected between ourselves.
This ideal has travelled to every continent bringing to life, under the banner of the Olympic rings, the aspirations of countless young people the world over. In fact, more countries belong to the International Olympic Committee than to the United Nations – testimony of its international appeal.

  • a contract characterized by interdependence and equity.
    As a minimum, governments, sports organizations
    and athletes have a common interest in:
  • Basic air quality standards to ensure that the air we and our athletes breathe does not impair our health.
  • Basic water quality standards to ensure that the water we drink and the rivers and lakes we use for swimming, fishing and rowing does not impair our health.
  • Basic food and nutrition standards to ensure everyone has access to adequate and healthy fo od.
  • Adequate green space and facilities for sports and recreation, especially in the many densely populated and fast growing urban slums throughout the world.
    Although these basic requirements are primarily the responsibility of national and local governments, their policies and programmes have little chance of success without the support of informed and involved citizens.
  • Source: Olympic Movement Agenda 21.


Environment like sports knows no frontiers, no territorial borders. It transcends ideological cleavages. It does not recognize artificial distinctions between North and South or East and West. It is one and indivisible. We are all members of the global environmental
community – an extended family where everyone has equal right to fulfill the fullest measure of his or her potential. There are other commonalities. The vision of one earth, one family presupposes a new contract between people and nature on the one hand and, on the other, among peoples and nations.