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03 June 2022 | in CUSF News

IV FISU America Forum hosted in Cali, Colombia

FUSzXCyWQAQZl59Photo credit - FISU America


The IV FISU America Forum opened Wednesday 1 June bringing together over 250 people virtually and in person to discuss university sport in the Americas under the theme of “University sports for all”. ASCUN Colombia (Association of Colombian Universities) is hosting this edition in cooperation with the Javeriana University of Cali. FISU Acting President Leonz Eder opened this IV edition of the FISU America Forum.


FISU Sports Director Juan Carlos Holgado presented in the morning of day one on the topic of ‘University Sports available to everyone in the world’ where he provided an overview of upcoming FISU World University Championships, FISU University World Cups and FISU Games.


FUSzXCyWQAY8RKkPhoto credit - FISU AmericaCarrying on the theme of university sports for all, a roundtable was held that outlined the diverse experiences, challenges, and perspectives of national university sports federations (NUSF) throughout the Americas. Representatives from Mexico, Costa Rica, Brazil, Argentina, and the United States spoke about their unique issues and opportunities in delivering university sport in their respective countries. Day one concluded with presentations on the myths and realities of training in the university environment.


The start of day two focused on physical activity in university sports and included presentations on wellness from physical, mental, and emotional perspectives. This was followed by a roundtable discussion on the important topic of dual career. FISU Acting 1st Vice President, and President of the Brazilian Confederation of University Sports (CBDU), Luciano Cabral, and FISU Executive Committee member Emiliano Ojea, also president and founder of the Argentine University Sports Federation (FeDUA), spoke on the importance of working with educational institutions to support university student-athletes in their pursuits of both sport and future careers.


3 June, the third and final day, will focus on the topics of organizing sustainable sporting events, legacy of university sports, and an overview of FISU America’s events for 2022. This will include presentations from Fernando Parente, FISU Director of Healthy Campus and Universities Relations, who will speak about FISU Healthy Campus, and Albina Rakhmatullina who will speak about the FISU Volunteer Leaders Academy.


Written by Doug McLean (with information from FISU America)