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16 March 2015 | in Summer Universiade, Multisports

Florence Candidate for the 2019 Summer Universiade?


FLORENCE - FISU President Claude-Louis Gallien and FISU Secretary-General/CEO Eric Saintrond travelled to Florence, Italy this Saturday, 14 March, to meet with Italian political authorities Mr. Luca Lotti, State Secretary of the Italian Government; Mrs. Stefania Saccardi, Vice-President of the Government of Tuscany; Mr. Dario Nardella, Mayor of the city of Florence; Mr. Andrea Vannucci, Councillor for sport of the City of Florence; the academic authorities, represented by Mr. Angelo Riccaboni, President of the Tuscany Rectors' Conference and President of the University of Siena and the sports authorities, including, Mr. Roberto Fabbricini, Secretary-General of the Italian Olympic Committee.

FISU President Gallien and Secretary of State Luca Lotti

This meeting was organized at the initiative of the President of CUSI, Lorenzo Lentini and the CUSI Secretary-General, Antonio Dima, to prepare a bid by Florence to host the 30th Summer Universiade in 2019. The visit came after three working meetings that took place the past two months in Brussels and Rome.

In the coming weeks, all the authorities will meet again to prepare the bid to be presented to FISU soon.

Florence, the historic city known around the world and ancient capital of Italy has priceless cultural treasures. The University of Florence has nearly 48,000 students and 45 foreign universities have a representation in the city. All the elements are there to make this university city the perfect host for the Universiade and student-athletes worldwide.

CUSI, CONI and FISU delegates during the Italian Artistic Gymnastics Championships

The visit of the FISU delegation coincided with the Italian Artistic Gymnastics Championships. The palace Nelson Mandela with a 7,000+ seating capacity where the event was hosted was filled to the brim. This confirms that the local population is not only a fan of the iconic football club ‘la Fiorentina’, but it also reflects the citizens’ real passion for sport in general.

FISU Media Dept.