In 2016 the International Hockey Federation announced its partnership with SportGroup’s leading brand, Polytan, as a World Cup and Olympic Partner and supplier of hockey fields for the 2018 and 2022 Hockey World Cups as well as the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. Tokyo has set itself the goal of organising the first ever carbon-neutral Olympic Games in 2020 by using green technologies. Polytan, a leading supplier of world class hockey fields and Global Partner of the FIH, is making an important contribution by developing the sustainable hockey turf Poligras Tokyo GT (Green Technology): 60% of the filaments are based on Braskem’s renewable „I’m greenTM“ polyethylene technology. Polytan uses bio-based polyethylene to add a sustainable dimension to the outstanding playing properties of its tried-and-tested polyethylene monofilament fibres.
An elastic base layer ensures optimum absorption and is an important part of the entire hockey turf system. The Polytan PolyBase GT elastic layer, which has also been newly developed, gives the hockey turf an even better environmental balance. A binder that can score highly thanks to its reduced CO2 emissions is used for the long-term elastic binding of the granules.
“FIH is delighted that this new turf technology will support Tokyo’s carbon-neutral vision and make a positive contribution to the Games. FIH has a strategic priority to improve hockey’s environmental footprint, which is why partnerships with progressive companies such as Polytan are crucial. FIH firmly believes that hockey can contribute to a more sustainable environment by making use of all the technological possibilities modern turf offers,“ FIH CEO Thierry Weil stated.