The World Athletics Indoor Championships Belgrade

The World Athletics Indoor Championships Belgrade

World Athletics Indoor Championships Belgrade22 have signed Earth Day 2021 with the United Nations Climate Change  (UNCC) Sports for Climate Action Framework, an initiative supporting and guiding sports organisations to reduce, measure, control, and offset their carbon emissions in line with the Paris Climate Agreement (PCA) in 2015.  The World Athletics Indoor Championships Belgrade.

The main motive of the Framework is for all the international bodies and organisations to take action and limit the rise in global warming. All the stakeholders came together and concluded on a collective idea that was agreed in Paris 2015.

The UN has recognised that the global carbon reductions required to meet the targets agreed to in Paris – to achieve a net zero-emission by the year 2050. This task is very difficult and cannot be met by the government alone within the proposed date. The sports fraternity has also a very pivotal role to play to be able to make this agenda achievable. There is an estimated number of 1.4 billion people who run every day.

“Climate change is one of the defining issues of our time,” said World Athletics President Sebastian Coe upon signing the Framework’s letter of commitment.

“We are witnessing irreversible changes that are impacting our sport across the board – from the quality of the air our professional athletes and recreational runners breathe to our ability to hold events safely. It is critical that sport is seen as a major player in the battle against climate change and a driving force for solutions.”

The world economy was slow down driven by the covid-19 pandemic last year, the planet’s temperatures are still at a high at an alarming rate. In the most recent annual report, the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) said that the year 2020 was one of the three warmest years on record and that the past six years, including 2020, were the six warmest on record.

Signing on to the Sports for Climate Action Framework, “underscores the global governing body’s broader approach as outlined in the World Athletics Sustainability Strategy, he also hinted a ten-year road map unveiled in April 2020 whose goals include transitioning to carbon neutrality across all of its operations and events by 2030″ this was disclosed by the World Athletics President Sebastian Coe

Sebastian Coe also hinted “we, as a truly global sport, have a very important role to play in the battle again climate change, but also in efforts to address diversity and advocate for social equality. It’s important for us to utilise the power we have to lead and inspire others”.

“This is something our athletes and our fans are increasingly demanding. We, and our trusted partners, have to deliver. So I’m particularly proud that our partners in Belgrade have also committed to the principles outlined in the Framework.”

“I am glad that the World Athletics Indoor Championships Belgrade22 continues in the footsteps of the Serbian Athletics Federation in terms of sustainability. said the Local Organising Committee Slobodan Brankovic.

“It is important to us, as it is to our fans and I believe to young people in Europe alike, to organise sustainable athletic events, to reduce our carbon footprint, and to leave our planet better than we found it for the generations to come”.

“I am sure and certain that the World Athletics Indoor Championships Belgrade22 will be an example and a leader in this area in Serbia and inspire a generation of young Serbians to take action to combat climate change in the coming years.”

The Rio Olympic Games Champion in the men’s marathon and the current World Record Holder also added his voice to the fight against climate change. Eliud Kipchoge has become an advocate for this agenda from this home country and to the world.

“I am very pleased that World Athletics has started a collaboration with United Nations Climate Change,” Kipchoge said. “We have all inherited the earth and our contribution will be measured on sustainability. It is our task to save and improve the land upon where we live for future generations. We are in a race against time, every minute counts, just like running a marathon.”

All individuals must come together for us to combat this climate change and be able to achieve the agenda 2050 zero-emission.

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Sekyere Richard has had a 10-year involvement in the sport of athletics. He holds a Diploma in Physical Fitness. Sekyere has experienced the sport as a middle/distance athlete, coach, and now journalist and blogger. Sekyere has published several articles on athletics from Ghanaian Athletics to World Athletics. He currently owns and manages the content and marketing development of Athletics Hour. "I am passionate about sports, love writing and interviewing, traveling, and meeting new athletes and coaches. I like to expose the hidden talents in the youth and I am always in search of talents across Ghana". I have volunteered in one of the biggest ultra-marathons in the world "The Elton Ultra Marathon in Russia. Covered many races in Ghana including ECOWAS CAA Region II Championship and multiple roads and track races in Ghana. In 2021, he launched the "Better Ghana Athletics Agenda", which will help support organisers, athletes and coaches in all directions.

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