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This week: World Rugby, Paris 2024, the Kilian Jornet Foundation…

February 01 2024

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This week: World Rugby, Paris 2024, the Kilian Jornet Foundation…

Paris 2024 and sponsor Orange are set to host a mass participation running event, with entries following the same course that will be undertaken by the Olympic marathon runners themselves. It is the first time an event like this has been open to the public, with the choice of a classic marathon distance or a 10k run. The event has been dubbed ‘Marathon Pour Tous’ meaning ‘Marathon for All’.

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Hexagon Cup, a new padel tournament, has partnered with 3D printing design company Nagami, which will design and manufacture the trophies, players’ benches and other elements for the competition utilising recycled plastics. 

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World Rugby and ChildFund Rugby have extended their social impact partnership, with the aim of using the sport to promote diversity, inclusion and learning opportunities for children and young people. 

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Paris 2024 organisers have brought in Hype, an independent company with zero-emission taxi offerings, ahead of the summer’s Olympic and Paralympic Games. On-demand travel solutions are high polluters, and this partnership will help to reduce the climate and health impact. 

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Warner Bros. Discovery Sports, the promoter of motorsport’s FIM Endurance World Championship, has been awarded ISO20121 certification for integrating sustainability into its event management practices. Along with enhancing social inclusion and economic viability, the certification recognises setting long-term goals, sustainable practices, measuring performance, and improving the internal and external processes. 

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Two-time Olympic champion and three-time World Champion Hannah Mills OBE has become an ambassador for technology brand Panasonic, utilising the platform of sports to encourage climate action worldwide. Mills has joined the likes of Olympian Malaika Mihambo and Paralympian Hannah Cockroft. 

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Formula E has renewed its collaboration with Tarshid, the national energy services company of Saudi Arabia, which will continue to sponsor the Diriyah Formula E-prix. As part of the deal, Tarshid will aim to promote energy efficiency in the sporting sector. 

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Recent data collected between July 2022 and June 2023 published by the Australian Sports Commission has demonstrated a 5.5% increase in netball participation levels. More than one million played netball during this timeframe, with a rise for both men and women participating in the sport in Australia. 

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Taking inspiration from Irish fan-owned football club Bohemians, the Spark has been set up to encourage the community to actively fight climate change. It will offer community training and education to promote more sustainable practices.

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The Kilian Jornet Foundation has released its 2023 Annual Report, focusing on three key areas: Education, Research and Direct Actions. The actions include organising clean-up events, which led to the removal of more then five tonnes of waste while also supporting sustainable practices during trail running events. 

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A joint venture between World Sailing, the World Sailing Trust and METSTRADE saw the first Equipment Recycling Hub piloted at the 2023 Allianz Sailing World Championships in Scheveningen, Netherlands. The collection included composites, sails, rope, rigging such as blocks, and clothing. The highest number of donations were in the form of sailing gloves, which cane be quite difficult to recycle. 

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