FISU signs Memorandum of Understanding with ANOC at General Assembly
Prague, 03 November 2017 – The Federation of International University Sport (FISU) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC), pledging to establish closer cooperation between the two organisations.
Key areas of collaboration include the fields of education through sport, athlete education, anti-doping and integrity in sport education, the promotion of healthy lifestyle among students, the development and promotion of international university sport, and the engagement of National Olympic Committees (NOCs) throughout the world in these endeavours.
FISU President Oleg Matytsin hailed the signing of the MoU and, on the second day of the ANOC General Assembly, spoke of his enthusiasm for the partnership:
"FISU is honoured to sign a MoU with ANOC. As part of the strategic plan now in place for FISU, we have already made great progress towards one of our first priorities: greater engagement with the Olympic Movement. And it was very clear to all of us in Prague this week just how important ANOC is to the Movement.
“The attendees at this week's ANOC General Assembly, not least including International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach, are a demonstration of how university sport and FISU competitions can be a unique stepping-stone towards leadership in sport and elsewhere.
“Our Universiades also continue to be great preparation for NOC success at the Olympic Games, both Summer and Winter. And this is not just for athletes, but also chefs de mission, for coaches, for support and medical staff.
“We look forward to working with the National Olympic Committees to make university sport a powerful and positive part of their national success.”
The MoU was signed during the General Assembly, at which a record number of delegates attended. Over 1,300 stakeholders from the Olympic Movement were present, including representatives from 205 NOCs, delegates from International Federations (IFs), Organising Committees of Olympic Games (OCOGs), as well as IOC President Bach.
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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.
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