With about 10,000 athletes expected to compete next month’s Taipei 2017 Summer Universiade, International University Sports Federation (FISU) President Oleg Matytsin said experience from past events is a key component in helping each organizing committee.
“We are extremely confident that Taipei will deliver a wonderful Universiade which effectively promotes the FISU vision. Simulations and readiness testing is a key part of the way FISU supports its hosts, by passing on lessons learned and maintaining a transfer of knowledge from one organizing committee to the next.”
The Universiade is an international sports and cultural event staged every two years for student-athletes from all over the world. The event incorporates educational and cultural aspects into 12 days of competitions in 14 compulsory sports and up to three additional sports chosen by the host country. This year’s Summer Universiade will take place in Taipei City in northern Taiwan between 19-30 August.
Universiade Director Marc Vandenplas added: “The Taipei organizing committee has shown a great ability to adapt and they learn very quickly. Once effective communication is in place between all of the functional areas, that is when we can achieve success.”
United States Sports Academy Trustee Dr. Gary Cunningham is current president of the United States International University Sports Federation (US-IUSF), which is the official representative and governing body for the United States in all FISU activities. FISU events, such as the World University Games and the World University Championships, facilitate global competition among college athletes.
Cunningham, who has served US-IUSF for more than 20 years, reports that the United States will have a record number of athletes participating in the Taipei games, with approximately 550 Americans expected to compete.
Cunningham began his career at UCLA in 1967 as an assistant coach under John Wooden. He took over as head coach in 1977, compiling a 50-8 record over two years, the highest winning percentage of any UCLA coach. In 1979 he left the coaching ranks to embark on a career in athletic administration, serving as an athletics director for more than 30 years, including service at the University of Wyoming, Fresno State University and the University of California-Santa Barbara.
From combined reports