EUSA EUG Convention
Coimbra, Portugal: December 2-4, 2016
Portuguese city of Coimbra hosted the EUSA-EUG Convention between December 1 and 4, 2016, in preparations for the 4th edition of the European Universities Games, which will be hosted there in July 2018.
The delegation of the European University Sports Association (EUSA) was composed by Supervision Commission members, technical delegates for the 12 sports to be featured in the 2018 Games, and the delegation was supported also by EUSA staff members. EUSA EUG2018 Supervision Commission was lead by its Chair Mr Haris Pavletic, EUSA Vice-President, with Mr Dmitry Kiselev and Mr Aitor Canibe Sanchez, Executive Committee, EUSA Secretary General Mr Matjaz Pecovnik and EUSA Sports Manager Mr Besim Aliti.
EUSA family members were received by EUG2018 Organising Committee, lead by Mr Mario Santos, Secretary General and Mr Goncalo Reis, and the Portuguese Academic Federation of University Sport (FADU), lead by its President Mr Daniel Monteiro and Secretary General Mr Manuel Veloso.
In the evening before the start of the official programme, participants were invited to the Gala of the Academic Association of Coimbra, which honoured best athletes, teams and officials of the past academic year.
The main part of the Convention started with a plenary part on Friday, including the welcome speeches by representatives of EUG2018, FADU, City of Coimbra and Academic Association of Coimbra, followed by a presentation of EUSA, its activities and projects, as well as general presentation of the European Universities Games 2018, continued with presentations of the individual sports.
In the afternoon, Technical Delegates did a field visit, inspecting the venues together with the sport representatives of the local and national sports federations for the sports concerned.
The first day concluded with a Press Conference and Reception at the University of Coimbra, hosted by the Rector of the University Mr Joao Gabriel Silva.
The Convention continued on Saturday with a #beactive morning run, followed by the reporting from the field visits. EUSA Supervision Commission and the Organising Committee in addition focused on the Structure, Budget, Master Plan, Risk assessment, Accommodation, Catering, Transport, Volunteers, Medical Services and other key aspects for running a large multisport event.
The European Universities Games 2018 will take place in Coimbra, Portugal between July 15 and 28, under the slogan “A winner’s heartbeat.”
Registration will start in December 2017. In 2017, Coimbra will also host the European Universities Martial Arts / Combat Sports Championships in Judo, Karate and Taekwondo July 24-27. Registration for all 2017 European Universities Championships will open mid December 2016.