Triathlon Association spearheads environment-friendly race.
International Triathlon Union praises Philippines’ Triathlon Federation for Environmental Efforts
Carlo Carrasco, On March 1, 2012
MAKATI CITY, Philippines – In multisport and environmental news, the Philippines grabbed the spotlight as the International Triathlon Union (ITU) lauded the efforts of the Triathlon Association of the Philippines (TRAP) for actively implementing the Green Triathlon project, which is a program of the ITU’s that promotes responsibility and awareness of caring for the environment.
ITU Praise and Mission
ITU Secretary General Loreen Barnett stated that the TRAP is the first national federation under the ITU to launch the Green Triathlon initiative, which was done in accordance with the global triathlon body’s TriGreen program with several programs and activities done in local races since last year.
“We aim to create and oversee the implementation of a strategic plan that supports the ITU’s sustainability values, social, economic, and environmental.“
“We also want to raise the profile of environment impact in decision-making at all levels of ITU in the delivery of events in collaboration with its stakeholders and we also support the IOC’s (International Olympic Committee) Sport and Environmental Commission specifically sustainable development. TRAP’s Green Triathlon programs are all aligned with these general objectives and we look forward to taking these objectives throughout the world of triathlon,” says ITU Sec-Gen Loreen Barnett.
Going Strong with Green Triathlon
Since it launched the Green Triathlon program locally last year, the TRAP heavily reduced waste that are commonly found in many sports events like excessive littering, scattered used plastic water cups and more. In the 2011 K-Swiss ITU Subic Bay International Triathlon, the TRAP not only controlled waste disposal and ensured cleaner surroundings, it also taught its volunteers and partners to be conscious about waste and helped them realize the disadvantages that come with using plastics and styro materials for events.
On January 28, 2012, the TRAP organized a workshop to sustain its gains and help educate participants to realize long-term environment awareness for triathlon and its related sports like duathlon and aquathlon. The workshop was held at the A. Venue Suites in Makati which emphasized serious issues like managing waste, reducing pollution and using environment-friendly materials for races around the nation. Those who graced the event include Ayala Foundation’s Adel Licos and Greenpeace Movement’s Beau Baconguis.
Philippine Sports to Go Green and Clean
For its environmental programs, the TRAP received additional funding through the IOC’s Olympic Solidarity with the assistance of the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) which will be used to expand its efforts on promoting environmental awareness and possibly lifestyle changes among the nation’s stakeholders in sports.
The TRAP believes that in due time other sports organizers around the country will follow their pro-environment initiatives and become conscious about waste and cleanliness through their respective events. Pro-environment changes include online race registration, less reliance on plastic bags and paper, and more.
The Green Triathlon program is also very timely as several cities around the Philippines are gradually following Muntinlupa City’s ban on plastic bags which was praised by environmental groups.