FISU Student Ambassador Aupal Emmanuel, 21, is from Uganda, a country that lies across the equator in East Africa featuring abundant rainfall and flourishing plants. This student-athlete always has a big dream — to represent Africa in the world.
Aupal was officially awarded a FISU Student Ambassador this September, and he has since been growing in the FISU sports undertaking while handling his sports career and study.
His opportunity to show himself to the whole world came on 23 November.
On this day, the #Usportchallenge Short Video Contest kicked off on the world stage. This is an opportunity for people from all over the world to show themselves and embrace the world.
But Aupal encountered a problem.
Limited facilities and a real cameraman... It’s really difficult for this African athlete to shoot a satisfying sporting video.
The #Usportchallenge videos on the official website and social media platforms of the Chengdu 2021 FISU World University Games had been viewed over 790 million times three days before the end of the Contest.
Aupal’s video is only 12 seconds long, but the story behind it is far longer, with love and attention.
This FISU Student Ambassador put on his finest outfit — a shirt of his sports hero, Arsenal Football Club, to do regular but important exercise, striving for the splendour of his life.
Aupal Emmanuel’s video won 134101 votes on the official website.
This video without a word won more than 130,000 votes and over 100 comments on the website of the Chengdu 2021 FISU Games.
"Good luck Aupal representing Uganda and Africa at large," a website user commented.
Among them are Aupal’s friends and kind strangers from all over the world.
This social media challenge launched by the Chengdu 2021 FISU Games website, regardless of the distance, has attracted kind strangers and Aupal’s fellow Africans to watch the story behind his video. "Go win Aupal, represent us, Africa!" they applaud.
Aupal realised his dream across the equator in Chengdu online this time, making the slogan "Chengdu makes dreams come true" a reality. His story has encouraged global enthusiasm, passion, and friendship to gather in Chengdu across time and space.
Just go for it, Aupal Emmanuel!