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30 September 2019 | in CUSF News

Special award for FISU President at EUSA Awards night

The magnificent Teatro Aveirense in the picturesque city of Aveiro, Portugal played host to an entertaining annual EUSA Awards Ceremony as a busy university sport summer in Europe came to a close. The awards night recognised stand-out achievements of individuals, universities and associations who excelled in EUSA events over the last year and the final award of the night was a special Order of Merit given to FISU President Oleg Matytsin, for his unmatched devotion to university sport over the past decade.

The award for EUSA's 'Most Successful NUSA' over the last 10-year period went to the German University Sports Federation (ADH), which narrowly edged out the French University Sport Federation (FFSU) and the Portuguese Academic Federation of University Sport (FADU) based on a points based system. The awards night rounded up a week of the EUSA Conference, the General Assembly and also a record-breaking European Universities Championships season.

The season’s activities ended in last week’s #LetsIDUS celebrations. The International Day of University Sport activities began early for the EUSA office staff in Ljubljana, Slovenia, who led by example with a sunrise hike on the outskirts of the capital city. Numerous activities and celebrations continued across Europe throughout the day as well as the week of 20 September.


This came close on the heels of a successful European University Sport summer, where EUSA recorded highest-ever participation numbers at the European University Sport Championships, which are held every two years.


This year’s Championship programme included 21 different sporting competitions which took place at 16 separate events in 14 host cities in nine countries across Europe. The Championships began on June 23 this year with both the EUSA Golf and EUSA Badminton Championships, which took place in Antequera, Spain and Lodz, Poland, respectively.


Four new sports were introduced into this year’s Championship programme, namely Water Polo, Beach Handball, Orienteering and Kickboxing, which formed part of the Combat Sports Championship in Zagreb, Croatia. For the first time, this Championship was made up of four different sports: Judo, Karate, Kickboxing and Taekwondo.


In total, 5,242 participants from 570 universities and 43 different countries participated in this year’s European Universities Championships, making it the largest edition of the Championships in EUSA history.