The first FISU Volunteer Leadership Academy is taking place in Kazan, Russia, from 2 to 8 July. More than 100 representatives from 91 countries of the world were welcomed in the Olympic Village that housed all delegations at Summer Universiade 2013. The goal is to combine sport, education and culture to build the leaders of tomorrow.

As in all FISU initiatives, America was present, in this case with Canada, Cuba, Mexico, Jamaica, Honduras, the United States, Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Uruguay and Barbados. Like the rest of the countries, they participated in an inaugural parade, where they showed traditional clothing, among some other elements of the culture.

The opening ceremony was attended by FISU President, Oleg Matytsin, and Secretary General, Eric Saintrond, as well as Olympic champion Alexey Yagudin, who shared his experience as an athlete, four times world champion and gold in Winter Olympic Games 2002.

“Russia continues to demonstrate its openness and commitment to the ideals of Olympism. I am confident that the participants here will feel this atmosphere and take a real vision of this back to their countries,” President Matytsin said.

“Without volunteers, sport in the world would not be so successful,” Yagudin said.

With shared classes and others in 8 diverse groups, volunteer leaders are learning more about FISU, its competitions and the number of volunteers each requires. There are practical classes, and to close the meeting each country should make a presentation about the experience of the first academy.

Beyond learning, there are also varied proposals of games and cultural workshops in the afternoon and evening.




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