The sustainability program for the 2023 World Athletics Championships in Budapest has been awarded the highest ISO 20121 sustainability rating, the first in the history of the World Athletics (WA), the international association’s world championships.
According to a report from the organizing committee on Sunday, the program of action focuses on a domestic workforce, a sensible budget, reduced carbon and waste emissions, and the preservation of the event venue. “The sustainability initiatives of the 2023 World Athletics Championships in Budapest are a good example of what sport needs to do to tackle climate change,” said international journal The Sustainability Report.
They point out that thousands of trees will be planted in the Hungarian capital to cool the urban environment and freshen the air.
The National Athletics Center’s open and accessible leisure park has been praised for significantly increasing the opportunities for sport and recreation for the people of Budapest and visitors to the city, in an area on the banks of the Danube where polluting industrial activity had previously taken place and was completely eliminated.
“Transport is an important part of the World Championships’ sustainability program, to ensure that as many as possible of the 400,000 fans who will be attending the event arrive by public transport and other environmentally friendly means at the venues.
To this end, the Hungarian transport company MÁV-Volán Group has introduced the VB2023 tickets, allowing visitors to travel to Budapest by train or bus from any point in Hungary for HUF 2,023 (EUR 5.38) with a round trip ticket during the World Championships.
The World Athletics Championships also have health promotion and awareness-raising programs, such as the Everyday Hero program, which encourages people to take part in sports and start living healthier lives through discounted tickets and advertising. There is also the School Hero program, which introduces athletics to schoolchildren. As the organizers say, both programs aim to show the most receptive audiences the wonder of the World Championships, the superheroes of athletics, and to inspire them for a lifetime.
So far, 180,000 tickets have been purchased by spectators from 77 countries for the biggest sporting event in Hungary’s history, which will take place from August 19-27.
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