Work together to overcome difficulties and try our best to push forward the preparatory work
On April 22nd, Chengdu Municipal Government, FISU (International University Sports Federations) and FUSC (Federation of University Sports of China) had a video meeting regarding the preparatory work of the World University Games. Eric Saintrond (Secretary-General and CEO of FISU), and Luo Qiang (Deputy Secretary of Chengdu City Party Committee, Mayor of Chengdu Municipal Government, and Director of the Preparatory Committee of the 31st Summer World University Games Chengdu) attended the meeting.
Eric Saintrond asked questions that are most concerned at FISU, such as how to improve operation mechanism and promote efficient operation, how to accelerate venues and infrastructure construction, how to strengthen information exchanges, etc. Luo Qiang answered those questions one by one and showed a video that introduces the current construction process of the venues for the World University Games Chengdu 2021 and the World University Games Village.
During the meeting, Luo Qiang expressed gratitude on behalf of Chengdu Municipal Government for the high attention and solid support to the preparatory work of the World University Games Chengdu 2021 that are provided by FISU and FUSC. He said, during the COVID-19 pandemic, under the strong leadership of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and the State Council of the People' s Republic of China, Sichuan Provincial Committee of the CPC and Provincial Government, Chengdu insisted on resuming normal preparatory work amid strong epidemic prevention measures and calmly evaluated the impacts of the ever-changing pandemic situation and external environment on the World University Games Chengdu 2021. We actively made reports on relevant work and adjusted policies for holding the Games in due course. We also organised a specialist team to carry out in-depth discussions and analysis in special conferences, and work on practical measures to tackle the current situation. We are confident that we could pace up all preparatory work. Following the hosting requirements of "green, efficient, frugal and honest", Chengdu is currently facilitating the building and transformation of 49 stadiums and arenas in accordance with international standards and is fully promoting the construction work of the east-west urban axis of Chengdu city, the Chengdu-Luodai-Jianyang expressway, the Chengdu-Longquan-Jianyang expressway and the roads directly connecting the athlete's village and Dong'an Lake Sports Park. Besides, implementing the competition organization and operation mode of "centering on the competition, based on stadiums and arenas, and guaranteed by involved territories" in an all-round way, Chengdu is also actively conducting the work of activity organization and publicity steadily and is promoting the construction of the multilingual service center, with the service quality being continuously improved. Adhering to the goal of "realizing the prosperity of the city by holding major sports events, and then benefiting the people of the city", Chengdu is implementing its work plans and undertaking the quality upgrading projects of infrastructures and public service functions, as well as improving the urban environment quality. To achieve these goals, the construction of key theme parks and major cultural tourism projects are vigorously promoted, and a fast and convenient transportation service system connecting import and export gateways, event venues, tourist destinations, and commercial consumption centers is under construction as well. In the follow-on preparation, Chengdu will strengthen the communication and coordination with FISU and FUSC, strictly implement the hosting requirements, and go all out to do all the preparation work well, in order to make the World University Games Chengdu 2021 a wonderful, successful and memorable international sports event.
Marc Vandenplas(the director of the Summer World University Games), Xue Yanqing, and Shen Zhen(vice presidents of FUSC), as well as leaders of Chengdu municipal government, including Tian Rong, Deng Tao, Liu Xiaoliu, Liu Yuquan, and Wang Pingjiang, attended the meeting.