GSA held its 8th Annual General Meeting for GSA Members on 7 June 2007. GSA's Chairman and world-renowned alpinist, Yuichiro Miura*, welcomed participants stating: "As someone that has learned the importance of air from climbing to heights where it is a rare commodity, I've realized the need to protect our natural environment. I want to enjoy sports in a world plentiful in greenery and clean air."
GSA Executive Director, Tatsuo Okada, then took charge of the meeting, witnessed by more than 30 GSA Members, and he outlined GSA's results for 2006 and plans for the following year.
Highlights from 2006 included the G-ForSE Global Forum at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland, and the inclusion of the Ecoflag alongside the FIFA Fair Play flag at pro soccer team, V Varen Nagasaki's games. This has led to the development of a new slogan, "Bringing the spirit of Fair Play and Eco-Play to life; this is the true nature of sportsmanship!"
GSA is now setting its sights on establishing 200 teams in 50 countries.
The event was held at 'Miura Base Camp', and participants were treated to a tour of the facilities by Gota Miura that included low and high oxygen training rooms used by alpinists and other athletes to train.
*Yuichiro Miura entered the record books as the oldest person to climb Chomolungma (Mt. Everest), at the age of 70. He was also the first person to ski on the mountain, when he descended nearly 2,400 m-a feat documented in the 1976 film The Man Who Skied Down Everest.