This year is the turn of Tokyo, which has been chosen to host the Olympics for the second time in history.
The first time was in 1964 and allowed the Japanese capital to become the first Asian city to host the five-ring event.
Despite initial uncertainties and a yearlong postponement, everything is now ready: the Olympic torch has arrived at its destination and the athletes have completed their preparation for the great event, which began on 23 July and will end on 8 August 2021.
The Sustainability Olympics
Despite the postponement of the event, Tokyo 2020 wants to learn from the sustainability projects initiated by Brazil and United Kingdom in previous Olympic editions.
Actually, it wants to do more: the Land of the Rising Sun strives to create the most sustainable event in the history of the Olympics. In fact, one of the aims set by the International Olympic Committee is to make Tokyo 2020 an international reference model for maximum circulation of resources and minimum waste.
Let’s look at some of the main initiatives undertaken by the IOC to achieve this ambitious goal.
Technogym Village: wellness combined with sustainability
In today’s world, environmental sustainability is a major factor that can no longer be ignored and involves an increasing number of areas and realities. Among these, as shown also by the initiatives implemented by the International Olympic Committee, the sports and fitness sector could not be excluded.
Aware of its fundamental importance for the future of our planet, Technogym has made sustainability one of the key values at the base of its culture, fighting every day to propose a model of sustainable development based on people’s health.
The company’s inspiring philosophy is the concept of Wellness, a lifestyle that aims to improve people’s quality of life through regular physical activity, proper nutrition and a positive mental approach.
Technogym Village, the company’s headquarters and the world’s first wellness campus, is based on this combination. Inaugurated in 2012 and conceptualized by Nerio and Pierluigi Alessandri, President and Vice President of Technogym, in collaboration with architect Antonio Citterio, the campus is both a cultural centre, an innovation lab and a production centre where employees, customers, suppliers and guests from all over the world can live first-hand the true experience of Wellness.
All this, in the name of eco-sustainability and bio-architecture: in fact, the Technogym Village has been designed to be sustainable thanks to thought-through choices to reduce waste and reuse materials.
Sustainability is therefore a key value for Technogym’s culture, also spread every day at work through a number of simple actions, such as separate waste collection inside the industrial plant and offices, or the elimination of plastic through the installation of special dispensers where water bottles can be refilled.
Small gestures which, when added up, can make a difference and generate a real change to improve the planet and the lives of us all.