Monday, December 13, 2010

FISU «City Events» in Brussels

Julie Gabriel - quite and 24 hours per day working FIS "machine" about University savate. Please read.
More than 400 delegates, including the Fédération Internationale de Savate visited Brussels in November (17th-19th) for the first edition of the international conference "City Events". Organized by FISU and partners, from the perspective of the next Universiades, the theme of the conference this year was “From Sport Event to Citywide”. With this initiative, FISU wished to highlight the international scope of the Universiades, enhancing the reputation and image of the host cities and the economic and cultural aspects beyond the sport events.
The testimonies given by the national and international representatives about sporting events in various disciplines, as well as feedback from the public institutions and sports marketing firms, showed the cultural and economic value of sport, and particularly university sport, in these times. Is it necessary to point out the huge publicity surrounding the allocation of the FIFA World Cup..?
It was interesting to observe the way the media and promotion enhances the image of the host cities, but equally, thinking about Savate, the potential for an increase in international recognition.
The 2013 Universiades will be held in Russia, in the city of Kasan - a small city of 100,000 inhabitants – whose representatives showed an interest in the participation of Savate. It is possible, however, that there could be a clash of dates with the SportAccord Combat Games due to take place in the same country.
South Korea will host the 2015 Universiades in Gwangiu. The members of the Korean delegation, although surprised by my approach, seemed rather curious and very receptive to the idea of including Savate in their games… And, after all, why not launch a bridge head towards Asia via the "The Land of the morning calm" and Taekwondo?!

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