MESSAGE FROM THE IOC PRESIDENT ON THE OCCASION OF WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY, 5 JUNE 2001
Lausanne, 5 June 2001 - The President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has addressed the following message on the occasion of World Environment Day:
“The Olympic Family commemorates United Nations World Environment Day recognising that the state of the world’s environment impacts its own existence. Sportsmen and women are more particularly concerned, as sport cannot be practised in polluted surroundings. Furthermore, they have a social responsibility to see to it that the practice of their sport does not damage the environment but rather contributes to its improvement.
The IOC and other members of the Olympic Family celebrate this Day by proudly recognising the positive and meaningful working relationship built over the years with the United Nations Environment Programme and other stakeholders in spreading the environmental message to and through the world of sport. We are particularly glad that the Olympic Games in Sydney were an excellent example of the possible contribution of sport to our environment. I trust that the Salt Lake City Winter Olympic Games and the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens will also constitute such examples.
I am aware that a number of global environmental trends need to be addressed to ensure the well-being of new generations. Every person has a role and a responsibility that comes with it. In particular, I call upon the members of the Olympic Movement, all sportsmen and women and bodies associated with sport, together with people around the world who are inspired by sport, to strive harder and assume greater social responsibility in protecting the state of the world’s environment so that we can serve the best interests of our children and the whole humanity. The IOC, having declared the environment as the third dimension of Olympism, together with sport and culture, pledges to pursue its efforts toward achieving these objectives.”
Juan Antonio Samaranch
Marqués de Samaranch
5 June 2001