FISU launches new event hosting platform for cities

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

sporting profile.

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

For more information:

Contact: Anna Manuelian


Telephone: +41 (0) 78 630 6127

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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