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31 March 2020 | in FISU, COVID-19 updates

University Sport Community Comes Together To Fight Covid-19 With #FitAtHome Campaign


We are in the global fight of our lives. Fortunately, the university sport world is a united force. We are all in this together. And together, we will win.



Screen Shot 2020 03 30 at 15.03.47Usually in sport, one takes to the field of play against an opponent, or sets off from a starting line amongst a crowd of competitors. Not this time. Our collective adversary is the COVID-19 disease. Today, we are all on the same team.


To bring out fans and athletes together and bring together all our tips for working out to stay mentally strong and healthy, last week FISU launched the #FitAtHome campaign. Already FISU athletes, Olympic champions and even FISU staff have been getting into the act and showing their innovative ways of staying physically fit during these trying times.


Fortunately, the university sport community is a smart and savvy bunch. Through activities like the #FitAtHome challenge underway on social media, we are showing the tenacity and teamwork that it’ll take to social distance ourselves and flatten the curve of the coronavirus.


Joining the global campaign and motivating your friends and family near and far is easy — just tag @fisu and include the #FitAtHome hashtag when sharing your daily home workout story on social media. While we may not be able to click fast forward through this part of 2020, we can fast track the cancellation of coronavirus through our collective action.


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Already, numerous champion athletes have joined this FISU home workout fitness challenge, including Napoli 2019 athletics medalists Canadian Courtney Hufsmith (1500m) and Ernest Obiena of the Philippines (pole vault) and American swimming sensation Kylee Perry. In the Napoli’s Piscina Scandone, the junior from the University of North Carolina wolfpack blazed to World University Games gold in a personal record 25.19 in the 50m freestyle event.


On the winter sports side, FISU’s social media channels had a student-athlete takeover from the German figure skating duo of Tim Dieck and Kati Müller where they put on a live Tabatha workout on Instagram.


Keep turning in, we’re sure to have more inspirational stories to tell from student-athletes and university sports leaders around the #FitAtHome campaign over the coming weeks.


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