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Asia Rugby tackles sustainability head on

March 28 2024 - News Release News Editorial

Asia Rugby’s Athletes Committee has reaffirmed its dedication to promoting sustainability in 2024.

Asia Rugby tackles sustainability head on

This included encouraging the Asia Rugby Championship to adopt a more sustainable model.

The regional association has also previously tested the use of recycled rugby balls from sports equipment manufacturer Rhino, specifically the Rhino Vortex Elite Recycled, during its tournaments in 2023. The eco-friendly balls were utilised during the second leg of the Asia Rugby Sevens Series in South Korea, as well as the Asia Rugby Qualifiers held in Japan for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

“Asia Rugby is initiating sustainability within our tournaments and organisation. The introduction of the Rhino Vortex Recycled Match Ball, made from 60% recycled rubber last year was one step,” commented Benjamin van Rooyen, Chief Executive of Asia Rugby.

“The positive feedback from teams, noting no noticeable difference from our regular Vortex, reinforces our efforts. We value these small yet significant steps towards a greener future. By collaborating with the Athletes Committee, we aim to raise awareness and catalyse further positive change in the future.”

“Embracing sustainability isn’t just about the environment; it’s about ensuring a brighter future for generations to come." Japan flanker Michael Leitch, Chairperson of the Asia Rugby Athletes Committee.

Additional efforts from Asia Rugby include promoting sustainable transport, implementing waste reduction strategies, utilising reusable and compostable packaging, installing water refill stations, partnering with eco-friendly organisations, launching educational campaigns and curating post-event clean-up plans.

“Embracing sustainability isn’t just about the environment; it’s about ensuring a brighter future for generations to come. Through collective efforts and a shared vision, we hope the Athletes Committee and Asia Rugby stay true to the values of rugby, demonstrating integrity, respect, and teamwork,” said Japan flanker Michael Leitch, Chairperson of the Asia Rugby Athletes Committee.

“As athletes, we have the power to influence and inspire, and I hope that by championing sustainability, we can help change the mindset of the next generation for the better.”

Image: Mr.ちゅらさん/CC BY-SA 4.0

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