Second Edition of “Lausanne in Motion” Successfully Brings Students and Citizens Together
Lausanne; 26 September 2016: The second edition of the festival “Lausanne in Motion” has proven a great success, as more than 1 000 university students and the citizens of Lausanne gathered at Place de la Navigation in Ouchy, to enjoy a rich programme of sporting and cultural activities on Saturday 24 September.
From 11am until 8pm, guests participated in activities such as Zumba, parkour, juggling, pole dancing and paddle boarding within a friendly and exciting atmosphere.
Led by students, Lausanne in Motion was held in partnership with the Ville de Lausanne, the Canton de Vaud and the Swiss University Sports Federation.
The festival came at the end of a historic week for the International University Sports Federation (FISU). On 20 September, both FISU and its member National University Sports Federations around the world celebrated the first ever UNESCO-proclaimed International Day of University Sport, with countries including Norway and Australia holding their own festivals inspired by “Lausanne in Motion”.
FISU President Oleg Matytsin said:
“I am extremely grateful to all our partners and the dedicated ambassadors and volunteers who helped bring this year’s “Lausanne in Motion” to life; it has been a powerful representation of constructive cooperation between student athletes and society. As well as being the Olympic capital, Lausanne is home to 15 000 students and researchers. It was wonderful to see students and citizens sharing their sports outside of their campus.”
“Events like “Lausanne in Motion” and the International Day of University Sport are key to the way FISU reinforces the role sport plays in higher education. They help us promote the sporting values of integration and cooperation that complement classroom learning and make sure we never lose sight of sport’s incredible potential to shape young people into well-rounded and socially responsible citizens.”
After the success of the 2016 edition, “Lausanne in Motion” looks set to return in 2018 as part of the IDUS celebrations. The IDUS was proclaimed by UNESCO’s member states in 2015 and will be celebrated on 20 September every year.
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The International University Sports Federation – FISU
Founded in 1949, FISU stands for Fédération Internationale du Sport Universitaire (International University Sports Federation). FISU was formed within university institutions in order to promote sports values and encourage sports practice in harmony with and complementary to the university spirit. Promoting sports values means encouraging friendship, fraternity, fair-play, perseverance, integrity and cooperation amongst students, who one day may have responsibilities and even key positions in politics, the economy, culture and industry.
Open to student-athletes aged between 17 and 25 (for events in 2016 and 2017 the upper age is still 28), FISU’s events consist of Summer and Winter Universiades and the World University Championships. Universiades are multisport events staged in odd-numbered years, while the World University Championships are single-sport events, staged in even-numbered years. Besides its sporting events, FISU stages educational events, such as the FISU Forum on University Sport, the FISU World Conference on Development through Sport, the FISU World Conference on Innovation- Education-Sport, the FISU Sport Education Summit and the FISU Seminars.
With FISU’s motto being “Excellence in Mind and Body”, all events include educational and cultural aspects into sports competitions, bringing together sport and academia from all over the world to celebrate in a true spirit of friendship and sportsmanship. FISU cooperates in developing its events and programmes with all major international sport and educational organisations. As major outcomes of those collaborations, in 2015, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) proclaimed the International Day of University Sport to be celebrated on September 20, and the Anti-Doping Textbook and teaching materials were developed with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).
FISU is composed of 170 Member Associations (National University Sports Federations). The FISU General Assembly elects the members of the FISU Executive Committee, its board of directors. Fourteen permanent committees advise the Executive Committee in their specialised areas. For the daily administration of FISU, the FISU Executive Committee relies on the Secretary General, who is assisted by the FISU staff. FISU’s headquarters are in Lausanne, Switzerland.