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15 October 2022 | in CUSF News

Second edition of the FISU America Games are off and running in Mexico

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Over 1,000 athletes and officials from 13 nations have arrived in Merida, Mexico for the 2nd FISU America Games. The National Council for Educational Sports of Mexico (CONDDE), the Autonomous University of Yucatan (UADY), and FISU America are the event organisers in Merida. The first edition of the FISU America Games took place back in 2018 in Sao Paulo, Brazil, also with 13 countries, and following over two years of pandemic challenges, student-athletes are now able to return to compete in Mexico.


20221015 181135Athletics, chess, basketball, judo, futsal, volleyball, table tennis, weightlifting, football, taekwondo, and archery are the 11 sports in which competition will occur in Merida. Futsal, football, and volleyball events started on Saturday 15 October, prior to the opening ceremony, at the Multi Gym Socorro Cerón, Carlos Iturralde Stadium, and Poliforum Zamna respectively. Taekwondo competition will get underway on Sunday the 16th at Francisco de Montejo Sports Unit.


The Siglo XXI Convention Center was the site of Saturday’s opening ceremony which featured Mayan artists and the parade of all participating nations. Leonz Eder, FISU Acting President welcomed the athletes and spoke of the importance of having students gathered together. “You are here to compete, but you are the leaders of tomorrow. It’s important to compete but it’s important to meet new friends and to communicate. This is even more necessary today,” he said.SavedImage 20221015 113010 19


Before declaring the 2nd FISU America Games open, FISU America President Alim Maluf Nieto echoed Eder’s comments by saying, “From now on, the game is in your hands. Compete with the heart and at the best possible level, respect your opponents and make this event unforgettable for everyone. Only a few of you will be the champions, we are all friends and winners of fair play.”


11 days of competition are now underway including athletes from Mexico, Argentina, Peru, Dominican Republic, United States, Trinidad and Tobago, Canada, Uruguay, Costa Rica, Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Brazil. All results and up to date scheduling info can be found on the FISU America Games website.


Written by Doug McLean