Lausanne, October 2, 2017 – The International University Sports Federation
(FISU) has launched an online platform for potential host cities to the Summer
and Winter Universiades, as well as the World University Championships series.
Embracing the motto of "Excellence in Mind and Body," FISU events bring
together sport and academia. FISU’s flagship event, the Universiade, is much
more than a traditional sporting competition, particularly in how it combines
educational and cultural aspects into the event.
A new "hosting" section on the FISU website, along with a quarterly newsletter
which is sent to more than 300 sport cities worldwide, allows cityrepresentatives to access the latest information about hosting FISU events. Thisincludes event descriptions, application timelines and procedures, as well as best
practices from past and future host cities of FISU events.
Hosting a FISU event positions a city as a new destination for young people to
study, visit and work, generating revenues and boosting the area’s international
By creating the hosting platform, FISU aims to reach out to cities directly and
provide them with relevant information about their events. FISU member
federations and continental associations will also benefit from this new tool in
their own markets.
With FISU’s renewed approach of multi-city events, including for the
Universiades, cities of all sizes have the opportunity to bring together sport and
academia and host a FISU event.
"The collaboration between FISU and the cities hosting our events is crucial for
the steady development of university sports at the international level. Our new
platform enables us to reach more cities from all over the world, engage with
them and get them involved in university sport and FISU events," FISU President
Oleg Matytsin said.
From the city of Taipei, the most recent host of the Summer Universiade, the
organising committee’s CEO Li-chiung Su commented: "The new hosting website
and newsletter is a great initiative, not only to inform more cities about all the
great things hosting the Universiade can do for a city, but also to share best
practices and new ideas."
Two-time Universiade decathlon champion Thomas Van der Plaetsen said that
competing in the cities of Kazan, Russia in 2013 and Gwangju, South Korea in
2015 left an indelible mark on his blossoming career.
"I am very grateful that I have the Universiade as my platform to tell my story
and be part of its legacy," the Belgian athlete said. "Not only winning the
Universiade twice, but also by bringing the Universiade to my country to show
them what a beautiful event it is. I am so very grateful to be part of not just my
own sport but to be part of a movement, to be part of the FISU Universiade.
Thank you so much."
The new FISU site can be accessed here
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The International University Sports Federation – FISU
Founded in 1949, FISU stands for Fédération Internationale du Sport
Universitaire (International University Sports Federation). FISU was formed
within university institutions in order to promote sports values and encourage
sports practice in harmony with and complementary to the university spirit.
Promoting sports values means encouraging friendship, fraternity, fair-play,
perseverance, integrity and cooperation amongst students, who one day may
have responsibilities and even key positions in politics, the economy, culture and
Open to student-athletes aged between 17 and 25 (for events in 2016 and 2017
the upper age is still 28), FISU’s events consist of Summer and Winter
Universiades and the World University Championships. Universiades are
multisport events staged in odd-numbered years, while the World University
Championships are single-sport events, staged in even-numbered years. Besides
its sporting events, FISU stages educational events, such as the FISU Forum on
University Sport, the FISU World Conference on Development through Sport, the
FISU World Conference on Innovation - Education - Sport, the FISU Sport
Education Summit and the FISU Seminars.
With FISU’s motto being "Excellence in Mind and Body", all events include
educational and cultural aspects, bringing together sport and academia from all
over the world to celebrate in a true spirit of friendship and sportsmanship. FISU
cooperates in developing its events and programmes with all major international
sports and educational organisations. As major outcomes of those collaborations,
in 2015, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation
(UNESCO) proclaimed the International Day of University Sport to be celebrated
on 20 September, and the Anti-Doping Textbook and teaching materials were
developed with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).
FISU is composed of 170 Member Associations (National University Sports
Federations). The FISU General Assembly elects the members of the FISU
Executive Committee, its board of directors. Fourteen permanent committees
advise the Executive Committee in their specialised areas. For the daily
administration of FISU, the FISU Executive Committee relies on the Secretary
General, who is assisted by the FISU staff. FISU’s headquarters are in Lausanne,
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