International Sambo Federation (FIAS) published its first sustainability report in 2015, based on that year’s Youth and Junior World SAMBO Championships in Latvia’s capital Riga and World SAMBO Championships in Casablanca in Morocco.

The report, accessible here, details all elements that were used to conduct a sustainable event, ranging from the governance and compliance of FIAS to environmental, economic and social initiatives.

It also highlights initiatives for future events to promote sustainability within FIAS members and local organisers of SAMBO events.

The G4 Sustainability Reporting Guidelines and the International Academy of Sports Science and Technology (AISTS) Sustainable Sport and Event Toolkit were used to frame the report, which is also linked to the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals - eight of which were addressed.

Some of FIAS’ sustainability actions abide to the Olympic Agenda 2020 recommendations as part of its bid to achieve International Olympic Committee recognition.

Executive Summary

With a mission to conduct a sustainable event, FIAS created a sustainability strategy and a few Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) were prepared for both events and implemented on-site at the venues.

FIAS introduced a number of new environmental initiatives and social initiatives that were carried out during the events. Based on a sustainability action sheet, a summary of the indicators that were carried out is given below.

Key Indicators for the events at Riga and Casablanca
Key Indicators for the events at Riga and Casablanca

FIAS vowed to ensure that these initiatives will help to create a sustainable event and also educate the staff, member federations and athletes on its importance.

In future, FIAS would like to implement the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 20121 Sustainable Event Certification and fuse sustainability into all actions the Federation undertakes. The sustainability initiative is now a major part of FIAS’ events.

“FIAS considers corporate responsibility and sustainability as the primary focus for all our events, regardless of the location where they are held,” FIAS President Vasily Shestakov said.

“The Youth and Junior World SAMBO Championship 2015 in Riga, Latvia, introduced sustainability practices into their mainstream of events for the first time.

“Subsequently, the initiative was also implemented at the World SAMBO Championships 2015 in Casablanca.

“We realised that whether the event is large or small, if the strategy and the key indicators are set, the implementation of sustainability could be possible at every future event.

“FIAS is now looking long term to organise SAMBO events in a sustainable manner.”

Shestakov added: “In the following years, FIAS will continue to keep the dream of the athletes participating in the Olympics alive, by being compliant with the Olympic Charter.

“We realise that for every action taken for the improvement and development of the sport, we need to make sure that we consider our present and future athletes and continue the legacy of SAMBO.

“We will continue to operate with a clear vision, adapt to new demands and deliver a sustainable event, and be a role model for other sports federations across the world.”