World Rugby and FISU sign agreement to foster sport and education
World Rugby has reaffirmed its commitment to furthering sport through education by announcing an exciting collaboration with the International University Sports Federation (FISU).
World Rugby President Bernard Lapasset signed the agreement with FISU President Oleg Matytsin at the SportAccord Convention in Lausanne, which furthers a relationship that has seen Rugby Sevens appear at the World University Championships since 2004 and is designed to pave the way for the sport to regularly appear on the Universiade programme, the international sporting and cultural festival hosted every two years.
At the heart of the collaboration is a common mission to further the educational and sporting potential of students around the world based on the following principles:
- Encourage the development and practice of sport for male and female students in an inclusive and equitable environment;
- Establish joint educational initiatives to promote and protect the integrity of sport and fair play;
- Collaborate on the organisation, promotion and sustainability of Rugby Sevens as a World University Championship and Universiade sport.
FISU is responsible for the organisation and governance of worldwide competitions for student-athletes between the ages of 17 and 28. It stages its events every two years, including two Universiades (summer and winter) and World University Championships in more than 45 sports, Rugby Sevens has itself featured as a Championship sport since 2004, appearing for the first time within the programme of the Summer Universiade in 2013, in Kazan, Russian Federation.
Rugby Sevens has become a hit with student participants and fans alike. Hosted every two years, the 2016 edition will take place in Swansea, Wales.
Lapasset said: "With global Rugby participation at a record 7.73 million ahead of rugby sevens’ debut at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, this exciting collaboration with FISU will further the reach of our sport through education, while providing excellent competition opportunities for students worldwide.”
Matytsin said: "Since 2004, Rugby Sevens has constantly grown within FISU demonstrating it is a real University Sport. After having appeared in Kazan for the 2013 Universiade, we are looking forward an exceptional edition of the 2016 World University Championship to be held in Swansea, Great-Britain. The cooperation between FISU and World Rugby will provide an excellent showcase for the best student players in the world, few months before the return of Rugby at the Olympic Games."
Notes to editors: About FISU
Founded in 1949, FISU (International University Sports Federation) is an organisation dedicated to university sport and the promotion of excellence in mind and body. Balancing elite sport competition and academic studies, the student-athletes participating in FISU events are today's stars and tomorrow's leaders. FISU has three core sport properties: the Summer and Winter Universiade and the World University Championships. The Summer and Winter Universiade are international multi-sporting and cultural festivals held every two years, gathering student-athletes aged 17-28 from over 170 countries. FISU's other major sporting events are the World University Championships (WUC), single-sporting events which are held in the years between the Universiades. In 2016 there will be a total of 34 Championships in 25 countries. In addition to our existing broadcast agreements, FISU's long-term multimedia partnership with Eurosport will bring live HD broadcast for each Summer Universiade and Winter Universiade across Europe and Asia-Pacific and greater exposure for all FISU properties through the monthly TV magazine CAMPUS. FISU's partnerships with Eurosport covers all events through 2017. The 2017 editions of the Universiade are in Almaty, KAZ (winter) and Taipei City, TPE (summer), 2019 in Krasnoyarsk, RUS (winter) and 2021 in Lucerne, SUI (winter).
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