FISU confirms Naples as host city for 2019 Summer Universiade
Lausanne; 31 May 2016: The International University Sports Federation (FISU) has awarded the hosting rights for the 2019 Summer Universiade to the city of Naples, in Italy.
In a press conference held in Naples on Saturday, FISU President Oleg Matytsin announced that the FISU Executive Committee had voted in favour of Naples on the advice of the FISU Steering Committee, who themselves were guided by the FISU Evaluation Committee’s positive report following a visit to Naples in April.
Naples’ bid has central government backing from Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and the full support of the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI) and the Italian University Sports Federation (CUSI), who will be actively involved in organising the event.
FISU President Oleg Matytsin said:
“It is with great pleasure that we are able to confirm that Naples will host the 2019 Summer Universiade. Naples’s bid has appealed to us from day one but the timelines for the city’s preparations were challenging. However, we have set out strict deadlines in the attribution contract and I am confident these will be strictly followed. FISU has a long and strong history of collaborating with Italy and CUSI and it was in Italy, in Torino in 1959, where the first ever Universiade took place. 2019 will be the 60th anniversary of that seminal event and the 70th anniversary of FISU’s formation in 1949. I can’t think of a more exciting and appropriate host city for the 2019 Summer Universiade than Naples.”
Italy and CUSI have played a significant role in the promotion and development of University sport in the past 70 years having hosted six Winter Universiades and four Summer Universiades.
President of the Region of Campania, Vincenzo De Luca, said:
“The Universiade will bring important investment opportunities to Campania. The event is a global showcase and will give a boost to the region of extraordinary value. We have to stay focused and do everything that is required because it’s a great opportunity.”
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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.