Raka 7s gains international recognition for sustainability efforts
7 June, 2018, 1:00 am
THE 2018 Raka 7s rugby tournament is earmarked to attract a record number of men and women’s teams from across the Oceania region as well as enhancing its program on waste management.
The first plastic free sporting event in Fiji and potentially the Oceania region has received international recognition for its efforts to reduce waste generated at a sports tournament.
The inaugural Raka 7s rugby tournament, which attracted 64 men and 16 women’s club teams from the Oceania region last year was recently announced as the Innovator of the Year by the global Green Sports Alliance.
This is for its efforts to significantly reduce the amount of single-use plastic waste generated at the two-day tournament that was held in Suva.
Raka 7s Rugby Tournament sustainability coordinator Dwain Qalovaki said this international recognition for sustainability efforts was a powerful symbol for creating linkages between sports, progressive corporate sponsorship and protecting our natural environment in the Oceania region.
“In receiving this international award, it is important to recognise the event organisers Kinton International Group Limited for setting the benchmark in Fiji on how corporate organisations practice sustainability internally and with their sponsorship funds by ensuring that the Raka 7s Rugby Tournament had a well-thought-out waste management plan”, Mr Qalovaki said.
The rugby tournament will be held on November 30–December 1 at the ANZ Stadium in Suva.