FISU press release - Turin Torch Relay Lighting Ignites Taipei 2017 Universiade Interest

20 June 2017, Turin: All eyes in the world of student sport turned to Turin today,

as the torch lighting ceremony of the 29th Summer Universiade Taipei 2017

ignited a flame set to burn until 30 August 2017. The Italian city was chosen in

recognition of its role as host of the first ever Universiade in 1959. The ceremony

was hosted by the University of Turin.

"Each Universiade is of course a special moment in the life of FISU. And we know

our biggest competitions are also very special moments in the lives of the many

thousands of students they touch as athletes, as organisers, as volunteers,

coaches, officials and fans," said FISU President Oleg Matytsin. "With a vision to

shape the leaders of tomorrow through their experiences of international

student sport, the Universiades are the most powerful tool at our disposal. And

in this regard, I am confident that Taipei 2017 will greatly help FISU achieve its


The ceremony involved lighting the original Turin 1959 torch, which was passed

by Professor Gianmaria Ajani, the Rector of the University of Turin, to President

Matytsin. President Matytsin then passed the flame to a Taipei 2017 torch held

by Ko Wen-je, the Mayor of Taipei. Mayor Ko began the Taipei 2017 relay by

passing the torch to the first runner: Olympic taekwondo champion Chu Mu-yen.

Su Li-chiung, Chief Executive of the Taipei Universiade Organising Committee

(TUOC) also attended as did further sporting champions, students and even one

participant from the 1959 Universiade.

"The Torch Relay for Taipei 2017 links the past, present and future of the

Universiade. As it does so, it is a reminder that we at FISU are stewards of a great

tradition that has served countless leaders around the world: from presidents to

chief executives, from community organisers to even the President of the

International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach. "They have all learned from

their participation in the Universiades," continued President Matytsin. "Like all

rights holders of major international multisport events, FISU is determined - as I

am determined - to do everything to make each edition of the Universiade an

improvement on the last. The bar has been set very high by previous hosts of the

Universiade. I am very pleased about the support that the TUOC and the Taipei

City Government have shown FISU in working to do even better."

Following the lighting in Turin, the Torch Relay will head to Napoli, host of the

2019 Summer Universiade; Thailand’s Bangkok, host of the 2007 Summer

Universiade; and South Korea’s Daegu, host of the 2003 Summer Universiade.

The domestic leg of the Torch Relay will see the flame visit all of the country’s 22

cities and counties. Future editions of the Torch Relay will feature include stops

in all five continents.

Taipei 2017 will involve more than 7,700 student athletes from 153 countries

contesting 21 sports at 38 competition venues in Taipei, Hsinchu City, Hsinchu

County, New Taipei City and Taoyuan City.

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

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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).

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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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