GSA History

November 1999

The Global Tennis Forum Executive Committee decides to establish an NPO that will promote environmental awareness and action across all sport. Global Sports Alliance is officially established as a non-profit organization on 11 November 1999, with Masaaki Morita acting as Chairman.

April 2000

The Sports Equipment Recycle Council is established. Working with associations for the deaf, a nationwide tennis ball reuse project is initiated.

September 2000

The Global Forum for Sport and Environment (G-ForSE) is established as a platform to bring together the representatives of the world of sport in the development of a new sports culture that lives in harmony with the environment.

November 2000

GSA signs a Memorandum of Understanding with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

August 2000

GSA and UNEP jointly hold the first Dream Camps bringing environmental education and sports coaching to children in Nairobi, Kenya.

June 2001

Tadashi Yamamoto of the International Exchange Center becomes GSA Chairman.

November 2001

GSA forms a partnership with the International Olympic Committee’s Sports and Environment Commission at the G-ForSE 2001 Global Forum.

February 2003

The Ecoflag and G-ForSE are formally accepted into UNEP’s mid to long term planning strategy at the 22nd UNEP Governing Council Session.

May 2003

GSA Executive Director, Tatsuo Okada, joins a press conference in Berlin to announce the formal adoption of the Ecoflag on the 2003 Swatch-FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour.

November 2003

GSA and UNEP hold the G-ForSE 2003 Global Forum at the ANA Hotel in Tokyo.

January 2004

The Ecoflag Movement is launched, encapsulating the Ecoflag, G-ForSE, Sports-Eco.Net and RECYCL’art projects under one united drive to promote environmental awareness and action through sport.

November 2004

GSA, UNEP and the IOC Sports and Environment Commission hold the G-ForSE 2004 Global Forum in Lahore, Pakistan.

December 2004

GSA and the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) extend their partnership.

January 2005

The Ecoflag is displayed on the electronic message board at the 84th Emperor’s Cup with environmental announcements made to the spectators.

Augast 2005

2005 The Sports Summit for the Environment (SSE) 2005 is held at the World Expo in Aichi.

June 2006

Pro skier, Yuichiro Miura becomes the new GSA Chairman.

December 2006

GSA and UNEP hold the G-ForSE 2006 Global Forum at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland.