FISU Steering Committee meets, takes key step towards Summer Universiade 2021 hosting
13 December, Braga, Portugal — The Steering Committee of the International University Sports Federation (FISU) held a regularly scheduled meeting today and the hosting of the 2021 Summer Universiade was at the top of the agenda, with a delegation from Chengdu, China joining the meeting.
“It was a great honour to have the Mayor of Chengdu, Mr Luo Qiang, and his colleagues join us here in Portugal to share their vision for hosting the 2021 Universiade,” FISU President Oleg Matytsin said. “Clearly Chengdu is a city with both, a rich history and a bright future. We feel very privileged to have the opportunity to be a part of that future, bringing the best student athletes from all over the world to Sichuan’s capital.”
FISU Executive Committee (EC) members have also been informed of Chengdu’s candidature and an inspection visit is now planned for January, with the bid to be presented to the EC for formal approval at its next scheduled meeting on 28 February – 1 March, on the eve of the Krasnoyarsk 2019 Winter Universiade. If confirmed, it would be the third Summer Universiade to be held in China in two decades, following Beijing 2001 and Shenzhen 2011.
“Twenty percent of the world’s university students are in China, and the national university sports federation has a clear and proven capability to host student sports events of the very highest quality, even at relatively short notice,” Matytsin continued. “We have no doubt that Chengdu 2021 will prove to be an exceptional Universiade that will make a lasting and very positive impression both on the participants and the city itself.”
“Chengdu is a city that is open to the world,” Mayor Luo Qiang said. “Chengdu is also a city that has embraced young people and sport, both for new sporting practices and for more traditional events. Chengdu is also an important centre of learning. We very much look forward to bringing all these elements together in a harmonious way, so that the young people who come here in 2021 return home having satisfied their sporting ambitions and with greater understanding that will serve them for many years.”
Joining President Matytsin and Mayor Luo in signing a pre-attribution contract were FISU Secretary General - CEO Eric Saintrond and FUSC President Xue Yanqing. This contract enables the Chengdu team to take their first steps towards hosting while the full process of candidature review, attribution and host city contract signature follow.
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 sports practice in harmony with 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 key positions in politics, economy, culture and industry.
With FISU’s motto being ‘Today’s Stars, Tomorrow’s Leaders’ all FISU events include educational and cultural aspects, bringing together sport and academia from all over the world to celebrate with a spirit of friendship and sportsmanship. FISU cooperates in developing its events and programmes with all major international sports 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 annually on 20 September – an event that has seen huge growth in its first few years.
FISU is composed of 174 Member Associations (National University Sports Federations). The FISU General Assembly elects the members of the FISU Executive Committee, its board of directors. A total of 14 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, Switzerland.
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