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Chengdu 2021 FISU Games Presented at 37th FISU General Assembly
Chengdu 2021
2021-11-03
The 37th FISU General Assembly took place in an online format from 29 to 31 October, with participants from 174 member National University Sports Federations (NUSF). The objectives of the event, held every two years, are to plan the organisation’s general policy and identify the main lines of work.
 
FISU Acting President Leonz Eder and FISU Secretary General-CEO Eric Saintrond
FISU Acting President Leonz Eder and FISU Secretary General-CEO Eric Saintrond
 
 
Day 1
 
 
The first day of the 37th General Assembly got underway on 29 October with reports from FISU Acting President Leonz Eder and FISU Secretary-General and CEO Eric Saintrond, as well as updates on FISU membership adjustments.
 
FISU Acting President Leonz Eder complimented the whole staff for the professionalism shown in adapting to the online work environment. Eder also discussed the important work of FISU’s Healthy Campus programme and the FISU Volunteer Leaders Academy. Looking to the future, the President expressed excitement over the return of international university sport first in December in Lucerne-Central Switzerland at the 2021 Winter Universiade and then next summer in Chengdu.
 
FISU Secretary-General and CEO Eric Saintrond highlighted the challenges that FISU faced and the successes of FISU’s educational events. He also paid tribute to four members of the FISU family that have passed away since the previous General Assembly.
 
 
Day 2
 
 
Day two of the General Assembly discussed the FISU Global Strategy, recognised FISU Awards winners, and provided updates on the Lucerne Winter Universiade and Chengdu 2021 FISU World University Games in the voices of their organising committees.
 
FISU Education and Development team working behind the scenes of the 37th FISU General Assembly
 
Managing Director for the Lucerne 2021 Winter Universiade Urs Hunkeler highlighted the preparations and the challenges of the Winter Universiade, and thanked FISU and Swiss University Sport for helping find solutions to deliver the event in December. As of 30 October, initial entries reached 1,752 athletes from 57 nations registered with 42 days to go.
 
Wang Guangliang, Functional Deputy Director-General of the Dept. FAL of the Executive Committee of the Chengdu 2021 FISU Games, provided updates and commenced by speaking of the accelerated construction of venues. This comprised 13 new venues and 36 upgraded ones that were completed in April. Test events were held from April to June in all 18 sports to assess the venues and improve planning. In addition, all 13 supporting infrastructure projects have been put into operation and are open to traffic.
 
Preparations are helped by learning competition organisation, delegation reception, transportation, etc. from the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games, the Beijing 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the virtually-held Head of Delegations Meeting in February, and the Lucerne 2021 Winter Universiade.
 
Additionally, Wang highlighted how 850,000 volunteers have already registered and plans for a series of events at key milestones, such as 200 and 100 days until the opening ceremonies, to increase visibility for Chengdu.
 
 
Day 3
 
 
The focus of the final day of the 37th FISU General Assembly was on future events, including upcoming FISU World University Championships, FISU University World Cups, the Costa Rica 2022 FISU World Forum, and the four FISU World University Games that will take place in Lake Placid and Ekaterinburg in 2023, and in Torino and Rhine-Ruhr in 2025.
 
The valuable and productive three days of the General Assembly and delegates were thanked by FISU Acting President Eder for their time and participation. 111 countries (and/or regions) have participated in the 37th FISU General Assembly and the next edition will be hosted in 2023.
 
 
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