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Highlights from first day of FISU’s 38th General Assembly

FISU 17 November 2023

FISU’s 38th General Assembly is held in Geneva on 17-18 November. There were many items on day one’s agenda. Highlights.   

  • “We are now stronger and more unified than ever, fully prepared to confront any challenges that may come our way, all while continuing to expand our efforts for FISU, its members and students worldwide,” said FISU Acting President Leonz Eder in his opening speech.
  • Former four-time Universiade participant Mathias Remund, Director of the Swiss Federal Office of Sport stressed the importance of practicing sport during studies and said that his FISU experience shaped the person he is today.
  • FISU Secretary General and CEO Éric Saintrond insisted on the unity and diversity of FISU and the “need to put the interest of the group before invidual interests and find compromises, which is the only way to overcome the problems in the world.”
  • Éric Saintrond also received a standing ovation for his last participation in a FISU General Assembly as FISU SG/CEO. He will retire in early 2025.
  • Remembering Roch Campana, FISU Secretary General Emeritus and former FISU Secretary General from 1979 to 2007: Corinne Campana (above picture with Éric Saintrond and Leonz Eder) paid tribute to her brother with a strong and emotional speech.
  • Qatar Collegiate Sports Federation became a new FISU Member. They recently organised the FISU University World Cup 3×3 Basketball.
  • Gender Equality: the 8th FISU Gender Equality Awards were given to Ms Samar Judah Mousa, Gender Equality Champion from the Palestine University Sports Federation, and to the Portuguese Academic Federation of University Sport (FADU) for its project “Challenge the Numbers!”

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Written by Olivier van Bogaert