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26 March 2014 | in FISU

FISU President and SG/CEO meet with IOC President


IOC President Thomas Bach (Photo © IOC)

LAUSANNE - On 25 March 25, FISU President Claude-Louis Gallien and Secretary-General/CEO Eric Saintrond were received by Mr. Thomas Bach, the new president of the International Olympic Committee. The meeting, which took place at the IOC headquarters in Lausanne, was held in a particularly friendly atmosphere in the presence of Mr. Christopher Duby, who is going to take his new position as Executive Director for the Olympic Games, and Mr. Kit McConnell, the new IOC Sports Director.

At the beginning of the meeting, President Gallien briefly introduced the general programme of FISU based on the Summer and Winter Universiades, the World University Championships covering thirty different disciplines and various events combining sport, education and culture within the framework of a "dual project" offered to student-athletes: ‘Today’s Stars, Tomorrow’s Leaders’.

President Bach recalled that he himself illustrated this dual project: being a student and fencing champion he participated in the Universiade in Moscow in 1973 and in Mexico in 1979, before getting the responsibility of the International Olympic Movement. He also congratulated FISU for the high level and strong performance of the Universiades held in 2013 in Kazan (summer) and Trento (winter).

Claude-Louis Gallien emphasized the complementarity between projects and the achievement of the IOC and FISU and expressed a hope that closer cooperation could be developed between the two organizations, each at their level. The concept aiming to bring closer Universiades, Olympic Games and Youth Olympic Games in shared sports, socio-educational and cultural projects, could lead to very positive results.

President Bach expressed his willingness in fostering a stronger relationship between the IOC and FISU, and suggested that the FISU Secretary-General/CEO Eric Saintrond and the IOC Sports Director Kit McConnell, meet on a regular basis to establish projects of coordinated actions.


(Media Dept.)