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29 June 2016 | in NUSF News, CUSF News

FISU President Matytsin visits USSA HQ



PRETORIA – During the last day of his visit, on 27 June, in South Africa on the occasion of the 8th FASU Games, FISU President Oleg Matytsin, together with 1st Vice-President Leonz Eder and FASU President Malumbete Ralethe, visited the headquarters of University Sport South Africa (USSA).

The headquarters are located in the Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria, where the FISU delegation was welcomed by USSA Secretary General Louis Nel and his assistant. During this visit, the FISU President discussed many topics related to the development of university sport in Africa and the importance of South Africa in these projects. He noted that more and more African universities get involved in university sport. He congratulated USSA for accepting the challenge to organise the 8th FASU Games, which is the first edition open to university teams.

The FISU delegation then visited the excellence centre of the University of Pretoria where they were welcomed by its Director, Mr Kobus van der Walt, and his deputy, Mr Steven Ball. Together, they discussed the potential partnerships that could be launched in the future. They exchanged views on the situation of university sport and its future challenges. They also praised student athletes’ pursuit of excellence as they must combine their studies with their career in elite sport.

The FISU delegation also met Dr Eskia Moraka, Deputy Vice-Chancellor in charge of Student Affairs Extracurricular Development at Tshwane University of Technology, and Azwitamisi Shadrack Nthangeni, Director of Sport and Recreation. This university was supposed to host the FASU Games but they had to be relocated to the University of Johannesburg for security reasons. Nevertheless, the Tshwane University of Technology continues to support and promote the Games. Dr Eskia Moraka presented his university and insisted on the importance of sport on the campus.

The FISU President congratulated the Tshwane University of Technology for the impressive quality of its infrastructure and said that sport represents a clear and unique chance to educate new generations of leaders in that it teaches mutual respect and fair play. According to him, university sport must be promoted as an interface between sport, education and culture.

Oleg Matytsin was then interviewed by Tshwane FM, the radio station of the Tshwane University of Technology.


(Source: Development Department)


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