MoU Signing moves FISU and IOC towards Closer Collaboration
Lausanne; 9 November 2016: The International University Sports Federation (FISU) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding at the International Federation Forum in Lausanne, formalising an era of closer collaboration and confirming areas of mutual interest within student sport.
The MoU outlines three specific areas that will drive FISU’s relationship with the IOC moving forward. Firstly, both organisations will work to develop a dual career programme. This programme will help ensure that athletes’ sporting successes are complemented by academic attainment, which will serve as the foundation of their careers after their time as elite sportsmen and women.
Secondly, FISU and the IOC will draw on their respective experience from the Universiades and the Olympic Games to share best practice in sports competition management. .
Thirdly, FISU expects to maximise the contribution of universities to the Olympic Movement through sports competitions and also through research.
FISU President Oleg Matytsin said:
“Today’s MoU signing is a fitting conclusion to what has been a highly rewarding first year as FISU President. This agreement will help deliver a brighter future as FISU and the IOC work together to share expertise and connect young people to the benefits of sport and the values of Olympism. With the continued collaboration of the Olympic Movement, I have no doubt that university sport will play an ever-greater role in shaping tomorrow’s leaders.”
Forging a closer relationship with the IOC was an integral pillar of FISU President Oleg Matytsin’s presidential election campaign in 2015. As well as today’s MoU signing, FISU has shown its commitment to this collaboration over the past year by placing Olympic Agenda 2020 at the heart of its 10-year Strategy, which is currently being developed by specialist working groups made up of National University Sport Federations (NUSFs), Continental University Sports Federations (CUSFs), students, the FISU Secretariat, universities, International Sports Federations and partners.
IOC President Thomas Bach said:
“The IOC is pleased to partner with FISU and the other organisations that help shape young people’s direct experiences of sport and of friendly international competition. The IOC acknowledges the important role that FISU plays in the field of education through sport and the leadership of the organisation in the development and promotion of international university sport. FISU and universities play a vital role in using sport to connect young people with the Olympic values of friendship, respect and excellence. Universities also help ensure
that elite athletes are well-rounded individuals who have developed their skills both on and off the field. I am confident that this MoU will mark a long and fruitful collaboration with FISU.”
Today’s MoU signing comes ahead of an important year for FISU: from 29 January to 8 February 2017 the 28th Winter Universiade will take place in Almaty, while the 29th Summer Universiade in Taipei will run from 19 to 30 August 2017.
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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- EducationSport, 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.
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