2018 has been a year of great activity for FISU America, the Pan-American University Sports Organization and its members. Sportive and academic activities in the continent were consolidated with the first FISU America Games developed in Sao Paulo, Brazil, the second FISU America Forum in Huixquilucan, Mexico, and the second 3×3 Championship in Santa Tecla, El Salvador.
Besides that, national federations participated in several FISU World Championships, demonstrating more presence in these kinds of events every year. Activities such as International Day of University Sport and Volunteer Leaders Academy had continental expression. And Executive Committe dialogue strenghten relationship with FISU.
The President of the organization, Alim Maluf Neto (BRA), and the Executive Committee, once again demonstrated organizational capacity and unity, complying with 2018 calendar with success and expecting a much better 2019. This is another sign of the growth and consolidation that university sport has had on the continent.
2ND FISU AMERICA 3X3 CHAMPIONSHIP
The Pan-American 3×3 basketball tournament was developed jointly between the Salvadoran University Sport Association (Adusal) and FISU America, in the city of Santa Tecla, from June 26 to 30. The competition was qualifying for the FISU World League that took place in Xiamen, China, and the official ball was provided by the company Molten.
In the female branch, University of Chile was champion, after defeating National University of Colombia in the final with a 12-8 score. Among men, the champion was Center of University Studies of Mexico, which in the final imposed against University of Costa Rica by 22-16. Damaris Cota of Mexico won the 3-point throwing tournament, while among men also won Mexican Bryan Rivera. In skills, Maria Quero from Venezuela won, while Luis Castro get the diving tournament to CEU from Mexico.
América Alvarado, FISU America representative in the tournament, said: “There has been a great level and excellent players have been seen, which makes us feel proud to see that universities produce athletes who can not only play at the Pan American level but also worlwide. As for the organization, it has been a great effort of the Salvadoran University Sports Association, with the backing of the Mayor of Santa Tecla and FISU America, and a positive balance can be made. The effort has been worthwhile and as FISU America we are happy to know that the countries accompany our process and that the games were of quality “
1ST FISU AMERICA GAMES
The best games in FISU America History got born with total success in Sao Paulo. From July 19 to 29, Brazil, Argentina, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, United States, Honduras, Paraguay, Peru, Mexico and Uruguay competed in 10 sports disciplines: Athletics, basketball, soccer, futsal, judo, swimming, taekwondo, tennis, table tennis and volleyball. And in athletics, swimming and table tennis there will also be Paralympic competition, in the first inclusive university games in the world.
At the FISU America Executive Committee meeting before the beginning of the event, all participating countries valued the importance of this event, in which 1400 student athletes participated. They were welcomed by FISU President Oleg Matytsin, Brazilian University Sport Association (CBDU) President and FISU Vice President Luciano Cabral, President of the Brazilian Olympic Committee Paulo Wanderley and President of FISU America Alim Maluf Neto.
UNIVERSITY SPORT HOUSE
Together with the competitions of Youth Olympic Games Buenos Aires 2018, FISU University Sports House was presented, located in a strategic place of the Olympic Park, next to the meeting point of the Argentine team and in front of the hockey stadium. The opening ceremony was attended by FISU president, Oleg Matytsin, members of the International Olympic Committee and FeDUA authorities. National University of La Matanza Rector, Daniel Martinez, representative of FISU America before the Academic Council of the FISU, also accompanied.
Matytsin, who valued and thanked the work of FeDUA in this project that is already a reality, was one of those responsible for cutting the tapes together with Emiliano Ojea, president of FeDUA and FISU America Treasurer. Both leaders exchanged presents and celebrated that the University Sport has a space in the Olympic movement.
The University Sport House held activities, clinics and informative talks by sports students, professionals and rectors, among others. In addition, those who attend visited the FISU Museum, learnt about its history and international skills.
2ND FISU AMERICA FORUM
With the successful edition of its second forum at in Mexico, under the axis “Sport in the University Curriculum”, FISU America satisfactorily completed the schedule of activities planned for the year 2018. It was organized from November 22 to 24 together with the Anahuac Mexico University North Campus, located in Huixquilucan, and the National Council of Sports Education (CONDDE), presided by Manuel Merodio Reza, also FISU America Vicepresident.
There were 9 exhibitions per day, among which the experiences of the different participating national federations were commented, round tables of debate in relation to different topics related to university sport, and cultural activities, among which were highlighted a regional dance demonstration, visits to pyramids and dinner in one of the oldest canteen in the country, with a live musical show.
The event had the distinguished presence of Eric Saintrod, Secretary General of FISU, besides 100 participants of 15 universities from Mexico, Chile, Costa Rica, Colombia, El Salvador, Peru and Venezuela.
The president of FISU America, Alim Maluf Neto, said: “I want to thank the Organizing Committee for giving us all the possible structure and also all the love and friendship to the forum participants. I also thank the members of the Executive Committee of FISU America who worked hard in the preparation of the event, and all the speakers who brightened up our event with their experiences, especially the representatives of national federations.
2019 FISU AMERICA SCHEDULE
In the continental calendar for the future, the organization has planned another three principal activities.
The second strategic dialogue FISU-FISU America will be held in Bogotá, Colombia, in May. The third 3×3 Cup will be in Maceió, Brazil, in June. And the first FISU America Futsal Championship will take place in Misiones, Argentina, in October.