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20 October 2016 | in Executive Committee Meeting, Summer Universiade, FISU

FISU Executive Committee Meeting in Taipei – Day 2

TAIPEI CITY - The second session of the FISU Executive Committee meeting in the host city of the 2017 Summer Universiade started on 20 October with the presentation of the strategic development plan that FISU intends to follow during the next 10 years. This strategic development plan requires the constitution of 6 working groups involving 86 people (25 women and 61 men) from 37 countries on 5 continents. Each group will be asked to contribute in various predefined fields also using the SWOT Analysis method. The work of these groups will define the strategy to be followed by FISU during the 2017-2027 period. This strategy will be presented to the participants of the next FISU General Assembly in August 2017.

Kairat Zakiryanov with Ruslan Assaubayev for Almaty 2017 


The 2017 Winter Universiade in Almaty formed the next topic on the agenda. The members of the Supervisory Committee and the Chair of the International Technical Committee presented their internal report pointing out that some areas of the organization of the Winter Universiade still needed some improvements. The delegation of Almaty then took the floor to present its progress report. Ruslan Assaubayev, one of the five Deputy Directors of the Organising Committee, recalled that the Universiade will be the largest multi-sport event organized by Kazakhstan and the participation records will most certainly be broken during this Universiade. Mr. Assaubayev gave an update of the completed venues for the games with the highlight being the magnificent Athletes’ Village which will undoubtedly be the finest ever built for a Winter Universiade. Mr. Assaubayev also gave an overview of the current activities and those works still to be done before the opening ceremony such as some test events and the establishment of the Main Operation Centre, the coordination of medical services and the approval of the cultural programmes during the Universiade as well as the ceremonies.


Mr. Kairat Zakiryanov, member of the FISU Executive Committee and member of the Organising Committee of the Universiade in Almaty presented the ‘FISU World Conference: Innovation - Education – Sport’, to be held on 3 and 4 February, 2017 at the Academy of Sport and Tourism of Almaty. The main theme will be: ‘Health and Future of Society’. He invited the members of the Executive Committee of FISU to actively participate in the Conference and to visit the website of the conference ‘universiade2017conferencealmaty.com’ to find all the important information.


Alexander Kotelkinov (OC Deputy Director General), Julia Ivchenkova (Head of External Relations Department), Maxim Urazov (CEO of OC Krasnoyarsk), Sergey Alekseev (Minister for Sport of the Region of Krasnoyarsk) and finally Andrey Golubev (CEO of sports


Next on the agenda was the progress report of the 2019 Winter Universiade in Krasnoyarsk. Overall, the delegates of FISU are very confident for the rest of the preparation of the event. Cooperation with the OC of the Krasnoyarsk Universiade works wonderfully and the Organising Committee is very proactive. It must be said that the OC regularly sends its representatives to the observation programmes that are now held during each Universiade (this will also be the case again in Almaty in 2017). The Krasnoyarsk delegation consisted of Alexander Kotelkinov (OC Deputy Director General), Julia Ivchenkova (Head of External Relations Department), Maxim Urazov (CEO of OC Krasnoyarsk), Sergey Alekseev (Minister for Sport of the Region of Krasnoyarsk) and finally Andrey Golubev (CEO of sports venues of Krasnoyarsk). The OC delegates presented to the FISU EC milestones that will be developed in the coming months as the schedule of test events, the master plan for transport, marketing strategy, monitoring of infrastructure construction and the approval of broadcasting rights. FISU President Oleg Matytsin thanked the delegation of Kransnoyarsk and was very satisfied with the professionalism of the Organizing Committee.


The delegates for Napoli 2019 Summer Universiade


Then the floor was given to the representatives of the 2019 Summer Universiade Organizing Committee to be held in Naples. As previously communicated, the attribution of the Universiade was made rather late forcing the OC into overdrive in order to meet the deadlines. This is also why FISU has partnered with the company EPIC to assist the Organising Committee in this first phase. The city of Naples has an impressive range of sports facilities. The first challenge will be to distribute these sites based on the sports programme. The OC has already proposed the dates for the Universiade: from 6 to 17 July, 2019, which have yet to be approved by the EC. In the next 6 months, the OC will start to develop its management and marketing plan. It will also organize the first inspection visits for the FISU delegates.



Finally, to end the second and final day of the Executive Committee meeting in Taipei City, the EC members listened to the report of the World University Championships Department. The delegates made the balance of the 2016 season and presented the outlook for 2018. With respect to the 33 WUCs scheduled in 2016, 28 have already taken place while 5 others are still planned. Participation is very good with already 5,586 registered participants. New sports have been introduced also, i.e. ski orienteering, sport climbing and sambo while the Philippines held its first WUC. The seminar for the 2018 WUC organizers will be held in the course of next year. The WUC Department prepares for the future and proposed several changes that were approved by the Executive Committee: a reduction in the number of events (and sports), a grouping of a number of sports (clusters) and the conversion of certain sports in leagues: 3x3 basketball, football. In 2020 there will be 25 WUCs, 2 grouped events (martial arts and brain sports) and 2 leagues.


The next Executive Committee meeting will be held in Almaty in 2017 just prior to the opening of the Winter Universiade.


Yvan Dufour, Editor-in-Chief