Belgrade 2020 prep in full swing

Belgrade 2020 prep in full swing

A productive two-day meeting between EUSA and the Organising Committee for next year’s European Universities Games (EUG) was held in Belgrade this week, with both parties more than satisfied following the conclusion of the two-day talks.

Belgrade will host the fifth edition of the EUG at various sporting venues in the Serbian capital in 2020, with EUSA representatives travelling to the city for an operational meeting, held at the Faculty of Physical Education at Union Nikola Tesla University, to discuss ongoing plans and preparations for the highly-anticipated event.

EUSA representatives at OC-EUSA operations meeting in Belgrade

Present on behalf of the EUSA was Sports Manager Besim Aliti, Assistant Sports Manager Liam Smith and Communications Officer Fabio De Dominicis.

After a short introduction by both parties and a warm welcome from EUG 2020 Company Director Predrag Jušković, participants dived straight into the jam-packed agenda, as the heads of various sectors in the Organising Committee presented their operational plans for their specified area of expertise. These topics included the sports programme for the Games, the venues which will be used, security measures, accommodation and catering for all participants, officials, delegates and volunteers, transportation and volunteer recruitment.

EUSA-OC meeting general view

The final two presentations of the day involved the Organising Committee’s strategy on media, communication and visual identity for the Games, as well as their promotion and marketing plans.

Day two of the meeting began with a site visit to two separate university campus residencies in Belgrade where both local and international volunteers will be housed for the duration of the Games.

Proposed residence for local volunteers at EUG 2020

Thereafter, President of USSS (Serbian University Sports Federation) Dr Dejan Madic presented on the Rector’s Conference which will be held in Belgrade in the build up to the start of next year’s Games, after which a Question-and-Answer session was held between the EUSA representatives and the heads of each field in the Organising Committee for any queries they had.

The EUSA representatives then met with Mr Jušković, the Organising Committee’s Vice-Director Mr Dragan Atanasov and Secretary Ms Anita Dobre to discuss the finer details in the operational strategy, including the confirmation of dates, defining of the organisational structure, the budget and confirmation of sporting codes and competition logotype.

The meeting ended with both parties happy with the progress made so far, as both EUSA and the Organising Committee affirmed their unified commitment to the ongoing preparations for the Games, which promises to be one of the biggest in EUSA’s history.