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11 February 2014 | in NUSF News, FISU

FISU mourns Leonardo Coiana, losing a Faithful Friend



Leonardo Coiana (right) with Sergio Anesi during the FISU Executive Committee Meeting held in Trento last December, just before the Trentino Winter Universiade


LAUSANNE - With the death of CUSI President Leonardo Coiana, FISU has lost a faithful friend and an enthusiastic collaborator.
It is with great sadness indeed that we learned of the passing of Leonardo Coiana, which occurred this morning, 11 February following a long illness.
Born in 1937 in Cagliari, Italy, Leonardo Coiana was a well-known surgeon, specialised in sports medicine. He was also a member of UNESCO’s ‘Sport and Culture Commission and a member of the Anti-Doping Committee of the Italian Ministry of Health.
Leonardo had an immense sports experience in general and of university sport in particular. Italian University Football Champion in 1957 and 1959, Leonardo was a member of the Italian ‘Sport for All’ Commission. He also served on the Italian Council of Sports Medicine. Six times he headed the medical staff of the Italian Team at the Olympics. But it is his Universiade honor roll which is the most impressive. He headed the Italian delegation at more than 40 Universiades!
He was Acting President of CUSI, the Italian University Sports Federation, one of the most dynamic member associations of FISU. He was also the FISU technical delegate for golf from 1991 to 2011 and currently chaired of the FISU Sports Regulations Committee (CRS) since his appointment in 2011.
Rest in peace ‘Lili’, the FISU Family already misses you...


Y. Dufour, Editor-in-Chief