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25 November 2015 | in NUSF News

EUG2018: Agreement Protocol announces a New Step forward



COIMBRA - The Portuguese University Sports Federation (FADU) with Coimbra Students’ Union (AAC), the University of Coimbra (UC) and the City Hall of Coimbra signed yesterday, November 24, an agreement protocol for the organization of the 2018 European Universities Games (EUG) during a ceremony that took place in the Rectory of the UC.

Bruno Matias (AAC), Manuel Machado (City Hall), João Gabriel Silva (UC) and Daniel Monteiro (FADU)

Towards the community of Coimbra and journalists of the Portuguese media, the president of FADU Daniel Monteiro said that “this moment is very important, not only because of its symbolism, but because it is a step forward to involve the student-athletes with their university and to motivate them to follow both an academic and a sports career successfully”.

The president of AAC Bruno Matias, reinforced the potential that Coimbra’s entities have in the organization of international events and that “EUG 2018 will leave an important legacy among the students, in the city and in Portugal”. AAC will also organize the finals of the national universities championships and the European University Championship of Judo, Taekwondo and Karate in 2017.

Manuel Machado, Mayor of Coimbra, said that “the city is already changing, evolving and becoming more dynamic. We are also candidates to be the European Capital of Sports in 2017”.

Rector João Gabriel Silva remembered those who made part of the bid and renewed his appreciation to them. After that, João Gabriel Silva focused on the importance that EUG2018 has to the UC, especially referring to the Faculty of Sciences of Sports and Physical Education. “We are improving our facilities not only because of the Games, but also because it is a very important legacy that will mark this faculty and its students”.

Mário Santos, former president of the Portuguese Canoe Federation and former Head of the Portuguese Delegation to the Olympic Games in London 2012 is the Secretary-General and face of the organization of the EUG Coimbra 2018.

The four entities are now on board to continue to work together and diligently prepare the promotion and organization of a great event and to make Coimbra a sports reference in Portugal and in Europe.

(Source: FADU)