President Matytsin attends stone laying ceremony at site of FISU’s new headquarters
Lausanne; 20 April 2016: The President of the International University Sports Federation (FISU), Oleg Matytsin, today participated in a Stone Laying Ceremony at the site of the Synathlon building in Lausanne, which will be the home of FISU’s headquarters from January 2018.
The Synathlon building will unite four separate and complimentary organisations: FISU, ThinkSport, the Institute of Sports Science of the University of Lausanne (ISSUL) and the International Academy for Sports Science and Technology (AISTS).
Each organisation will occupy individual workspaces, offices and meeting rooms and share access to a central hub of communal spaces, including an auditorium, four classrooms and a cafeteria.
At the Stone Laying Ceremony President Matytsin delivered a short speech in which he outlined the purpose of the Synathlon building and praised the project’s key stakeholders.
During his speech President Matytsin said:
“This building will unite education, university sport and sport science and technology under one roof. In this way, it is more than just a building; it is a monument to the idea that athletes should always be able to pursue “dual careers”. The Synathlon will help athletes pursue sporting and intellectual goals side-by-side in an environment that promotes fair play, ethics and good governance.
“Today is about recognising and thanking the people who have worked so hard to make the construction of this building a living reality. On behalf of all those who will work, study and benefit from the Synathlon, I would like to thank everyone at the Canton de Vaud, ThinkSport, the Institute of Sports Science of the University of Lausanne, the International Academy for Sports Science and Technology and FISU for making this project a reality.”
FISU’s current headquarters are in the Maison du Sport International in Lausanne.
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Notes to editors:
FISU stands for Fédération Internationale du Sport Universitaire (International University Sports Federation). The Federation’s primary function is to represent the interests of organisers of student sports competitions within Universities or tertiary-level educational institutions around the world. The Federation also aims to inspire students to play more sport and to recognise sport as a vital tool in helping them reach their potential in life.
FISU was founded in 1949 and counts 170 members, known as National University Sports Federations (NUSFs). In conjunction with its NUSFs, FISU organises several sports properties of its own which allow students to compete with each other in the University spirit at an international level.
These events are the Summer and Winter Universiades, which take place every two years, as well as the World University Championships, also held every two years in a separate cycle to the Universiades.
FISU’s ultimate vision is to create a world where University sport has positively shaped the majority of leaders in society.