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FISU at the AIPS Congress

22 April 2013

FISU, the International University Sports Federation, was present at the 76th Congress of the International Sports Press Association (AIPS) which took place in Sochi, Russia from April 15th to 18th.

 

FISU and AIPS became partners in 2005 and since that year, FISU has been present at its partner’s Annual Congress, giving the attending journalists an overview of its activities.

AIPS President Gianni Merlo

 

This year’s Congress started with a moment of mourning for the tragedy that happened during the Boston Marathon. ‘Today the AIPS Family from all over the world mourns this tragedy’, AIPS President Mr Gianni Merlo said. ‘Sport is a vehicle of peace. We must defend the rights of athletes, sports lovers and those in our profession who are tasked to report the news, regardless of its horror. Today, AIPS through this Congress and our members throughout the world extend our deepest condolences to the families affected.’

 

The sessions also gave the AIPS partners the possibility to make presentations. Once again, FISU and the international university events organisers were well represented at the AIPS event.

FISU Press Officer Christian Pierre

 

FISU Press Officer Mr Christian Pierre made a presentation about the latest developments for FISU and gave an overview of the 2012 activities. His presentation was followed by the delegates of the Kazan Summer Universiade Organising Committee Media Chief Mrs Dilyara Khasanova who gave an update of the preparations of the Universiade, which will start in less than 3 months.

Kazan OC Media Chief Dilyara Khasanova

Also the delegates of the Gwangju Summer Universiade Organising Committee made a presentation, with the Gwangju Mayor Mr Kang Un-Tae opening the presentation. Gwangju OC Secretary-General Mr Kim Yoon-Suk also gave an insight on the strategic concept of the event.

Gwangju Mayor Kang Un-Tae

As a part of the congress, the election of the Executive Committee for the next 4-year mandate also took place. Mr Gianni Merlo from Italy was re-elected as the President of AIPS. As a point of interest, Mrs Evelyn Watta from Kenya, member of the FISU Media and Communication Committee, was also re-elected as the AIPS Executive Committee member.

 

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