Lausanne; 10 March 2016: International University Sports Federation (FISU) President Oleg Matytsin met with IOC President Thomas Bach in Lausanne on Monday to discuss the potential for even closer cooperation between the two sports organisations for the benefit of University sport worldwide.
The meeting was held at IOC Headquarters and was also attended by FISU Secretary General / CEO Eric Saintrond and the IOC’s Head of Sport Partnerships and Coordination Jenny Mann.
President Matytsin, who was installed as FISU President in November 2015, updated President Bach on his first four months in office and reported on the key outcomes of the recent Executive Committee meeting from 4-5 March in Brussels, which included awarding the hosting rights for the 2021 Universiade to Lucerne in Switzerland; lowering the maximum age of participation at FISU-owned sport events from 28 to 25; and high-level discussions about developing further educational programmes for young sports leaders and volunteers.
President Matytsin also gave an update to President Bach on FISU’s continued process of aligning its operations with Olympic Agenda 2020.
IOC President Thomas Bach commented after the meeting:
“University sport is hugely important. Having competed in two Universiades myself in Moscow 1973 and in Mexico City 1979, I know that University sport encourages students to pursue excellence in mind, body and lifestyle making it a great tool for developing future leaders in society. Under the Presidency of Oleg Matytsin FISU has made great progress particularly in relation to adopting the recommendations of our reform programme Olympic Agenda 2020. FISU is a strong and reliable partner for the IOC and I hope that we will increase the mutual cooperation between our organisations over the next four years.”
President Matytsin said:
“I am very grateful to President Bach for his strong words of encouragement and his intention for the IOC to engage even more with FISU’s initiatives and events. FISU’s mission is to act for the health and wellbeing of students around the world and thereby help them to become tomorrow’s leaders. The IOC’s support for our work is greatly received.
“At FISU we are placing Olympic Agenda 2020 at the heart of all our thinking and decision-making. For example, at our recent Executive Committee meeting we voted to further refine our bidding procedure for Universiades to ensure we are completely in line with Olympic Agenda 2020.”
FISU is currently overseeing the construction of its new headquarters at the campus of the University of Lausanne and President Matytsin invited President Bach to attend the ceremony of the laying the first stone on 20 April. President Bach was also presented with an official invitation to attend the next Winter Universiade in Almaty, Kazakhstan, from 29 January to 8 February 2017.
In turn, President Bach invited FISU to participate in the celebrations around the United Nations' International Day of Sport for Development and Peace on 6 April.