FISU gets ready to celebrate the International Day of University Sport
Lausanne; 14 September 2016: With less than one week to go, FISU is getting ready to celebrate the first ever UNESCO-proclaimed International Day of University Sport on 20 September 2016, in the Olympic capital. As part of the celebrations, FISU is partnering with the city of Lausanne and its Universities to deliver “Lausanne in Motion”, which celebrates the benefits of sport and physical activity.
“Lausanne in Motion” brings together university students and the citizens of Lausanne in a friendly and exciting atmosphere, where students and citizens can share moments of celebration while engaging in physical and sporting activities. The event is a fusion between sport, culture and education and is open to all ages. It is also set up to showcase the values of FISU and university sport as well as strengthen the bilateral relations between the city of Lausanne, one of Switzerland’s key student cities, and FISU.
President of FISU, Oleg Matytsin said;
“FISU is delighted to be celebrating the first International Day of University Sport (IDUS) alongside the “Lausanne in Motion” event.
"Lausanne is perhaps the ideal example of a sporty student city and the event is a perfect fit with our International University Sport Festival programme. Our thanks go to the Canton de Vaud, to the City of Lausanne, the University of Lausanne, the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, and to all citizens of Lausanne for becoming our partners and friends. Together we are looking forward to sharing sport beyond the campus boundaries as ‘Lausanne In Motion’ encourages the whole city to move.”
Proclaimed by UNESCO’s member states, the International Day of University Sport will be celebrated on, or near, the 20th of September
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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 industry.
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 into sports competitions, 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 sport 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 September 20, and the Anti-Doping Textbook and teaching materials were developed with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).
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