EUSA Newsletter 05/2016

EUSA Newsletter 05-2016, ISSN 1855-4571

2016 EUSA General Assembly brings new Executive Committee

The General Assembly of the European University Sports Association (EUSA) was held on April 8 and 9, 2016 in Wroclaw, Poland. The electoral Assembly was hosted within the UNESCO heritage complex Centennial Hall in Wroclaw and started with the welcome speeches by Mr Adam Roczek, EUSA President, and Mr Marian Dymalski, representing the host – University Sports Association of Poland (AZS).

EUSA President also invited special guests to address the participants. The President of the International University Sports Federation (FISU) Mr Oleg Matytsin, who is also an outgoing EUSA Vice-President, expressed his satisfaction on the development and growth of the continental federations, giving EUSA as a good example. Representatives of the continental university sports bodies of Asia (AUSF) Mr Shen Zhen and Africa (FASU) Mrs Penninah Kabenge also addressed the participants.

Special speech was given by Mr Yves Le Lostecque, Head of Sport Unit DG Education and Culture of the European Commission. Mr Le Lostecque recognised the active contributions of EUSA in the current programmes and implementations of activities reflecting policy papers and goals of the European Commission. EUSA is active not only as a partner in the European Week of Sport, but is also part of the European Commission’s Expert Group on Human Resources Development in Sport (XG HR), in the topic of volunteering. Moreover, EUSA is a reliable partner, involved in several project supported through the Erasmus+ programme.

his year’s EUSA Assembly was attended by over 200 participants, members of the EUSA Executive Committee, Honorary members, delegates of 38 member federations and representatives of partners’ organisations, including the European Commission, International University Sports Federation (FISU), African and Asian continental University Sports Federations, European Fair Play Movement (EFPM), European Paralympic Committee (EPC), European Union of Sports Press (AIPS Europe), European Chess Union (ECU), European Handball Federation (EHF), International Dance Organisation (IDO), high representatives of universities, organisers of EUSA events and other guests.

The last item on the agenda of the outgoing Executive Committee members was the official signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Sports Journalist Association AIPS Europe, European Union of Sports Press and the European University Sports Association (EUSA). The President of AIPS Europe Mr Ioannis Daras expressed his satisfaction with the cooperation agreement, noting that neither AIPS or himself are strangers to university sport. EUSA President added that such cooperation is very appreciated and will be beneficial to both organisations.

The Assembly then discharged the Executive Committee members, mandate 2012-2016 and gave them a big applause before proceeding to the elections of the new board. The elections, supervised by Mr Thomas Loher, EUSA Legal Advisor, brought new EUSA Executive Committee for the next 4-year term.

Mr Adam Roczek (POL) has been reelected as the President of the organisation, with Mr Haris Pavletic (CRO) and Mr Kemal Tamer (TUR) as Vice-Presidents. Mr Lorenz Ursprung (SUI) has been elected Treasurer. Newly elected Members of the EUSA Executive Committee are also: Mr Bruno Barracosa (POR), Mr Francis M.M. Cirianni (ITA), Mrs Ivana Ertlova (CZE), Mr Ceslovas Garbaliauskas (LTU), Mr Tarmo Jaakson (EST), Mr Dmitry Kiselev (RUS), Mr Panos Razis (CYP), Mr Aitor Canibe Sanchez (ESP), Mr Jean-Francois Sautereau (FRA), Mr Bill Thompson (GBR) and Mr Milan Zvan (SLO).

More information...

2016 celebration of sports and its values - 06 April 2016
  On April 6 we are marking the International Day of Sport for Development and Peace (IDSDP). The adoption of this Day in 2013 signifies the increasing recognition by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the United Nations (UN) of the positive influence that sport can have on the advancement of human rights and social & economic development.
EUSA meeting with Tennis Europe - 06 April 2016
  On April 4 the European University Sports Association's Vice President Mr Leonz Eder and Tennis Technical Delegate Mr Daniel Studer travelled to Basel for a meeting with Tennis Europe, European sports governing body for tennis.
EUSA Executive Committee meets in Wroclaw - 08 April 2016
  The members of the Executive Committee of the European University Sports Association (EUSA) met in Wroclaw on April 7 and 8, 2016. This was the last meeting in their term 2012-2016, and it directly preceded the EUSA General Assembly, which is taking place in the same city on April 8 and 9.
EUSA Forum 2016 - 09 April 2016
  Before the start of the General Assembly, EUSA Forum was organised in the Centennial Hall in Wroclaw in the morning of Friday, April 8, focusing on University Sport in Europe.
EUSA Gala in Wroclaw honours the best - 11 April 2016
  The General Assembly of the European University Sports Association (EUSA) concluded with a special Gala at the Centennial Hall in Wroclaw on Saturday, April 9, 2016. The event introduced a special blue-tie dress code, based on the traditional formal black-tie one.
EUG2016 Sports meeting in April - 18 April 2016
  EUSA Sports Manager Mr Patrik Perosa visited Zagreb on April 13 for a series of sports meetings related to this year’s European Universities Games (EUG2016) which will be held in Zagreb and Rijeka between July 12 and 25, 2016.
IOC President Mr Bach visit to Slovenia - 18 April 2016
  President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Mr Thomas Bach visited Slovenia on April 15, 2016. The reason for the visit of the IOC President was the opening of the Olympic Educational and Museum Centre in Ljubljana which was also the first point of the official program.
EUSA at Badminton Europe Awards Gala 2016 - 19 April 2016
  On the invitation of Badminton Europe (BEC), Mr Matjaz Pecovnik, EUSA Secretary General attended the Annual BEC Awards Gala, which was organised on April 16, 2016 in Podcetrtek, Slovenia. The event followed the BEC Members´ Forum and the Annual Delegates´ Meeting, during which new board was elected.

FISU Section
FISU Section
Synathlon building stone-laying ceremony - 28 April 2016
  Stone Laying Ceremony at the site of the Synathlon building in Lausanne was held on April 20, 2016. The Synathlon building will unite four organisations: International University Sports Federation (FISU), ThinkSport, the Institute of Sports Science of the University of Lausanne (ISSUL) and the International Academy for Sports Science and Technology (AISTS).
SportAccord Convention 2016 also featured university sport - 30 April 2016
  14th edition of the SportAccord Convention took place between April 17 and 22 2016 at the SwissTech Convention Center in Lausanne, Switzerland. The annual event is a good opportunity for key decision-makers from sport and industry to meet, network, and strategically shape global, regional and national agendas.

What's up! Section - Student Column
What's up! Section - Student Column
University Sport great for Dual Careers

Usually, everyone says university is the door to the world, and for sports it can be the same. Especially in a country where it is almost impossible to be a professional in sport that it isn’t football, university can be the way/time to dedicate yourself to sport.

Instead of aiming to do the course in the regular time, if you want to be a top athlete you can choose to spend most of your time in sports and it the time between trainings and competitions do a course in a two or three years more than other students. This is basically what happened to me… But in my case I had the best of luck which I’ll try to explain. But let me introduce myself first.

My name is Rui Bragança, I’m 24 years old, I come from Guimarães, Portugal. I’m in the 5th year of Medicine in the University of Minho and I have been practicing taekwondo for 11 years now. I’m qualified for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and I’ve been Vice world Champion, European Champion and Gold in the European Games. Currently I’m number 3 in the Olympic ranking and 2nd in the world ranking. In university competitions I have one gold, two silvers and one bronze in Europeans, two 5th places in Worlds and one silver and one 5th in Universiades.

Getting there can work for everyone, but if you have some “luck” like me, it is a lot easier.

First, I had amazing parents that helped and supported me all along the way. I chose to do medicine, but they always told me I could be whatever I wanted, whatever made me happy so there was no pressure to start with. And then, even after I chose the course, my mom would always tell me “I want you to be a doctor, not a patient” so I wouldn’t feel the need to rush things or try to do everything at the same time and fail at all. And I know this is really lucky because in the society that we live, with all the crisis, unemployment etc, there is a pressure from of parents for their children to finish university as soon as possible, start working and making a living for themselves.

Second, I chose a university that gave me all the conditions to practice Taekwondo. Even though they do not have any sports course, the facilities for students to do sports are amazing. This can also be seen by the 1st place in the EUSA ranking in 2015. On top of that, they offered us a taekwondo room to train at anytime and how many times we wanted and room in the residency so we could live near and not lose that much time. They also have a “TUTORUM” program to help student-athletes conciliating studies and sports with a teacher who is in charge to make the bridge between the rest of the school and the athlete regarding exams, classes etc.

Third and last, the university was near my hometown so my coach and training partners, which have been the same since I started, stayed with me and I didn’t need to have major changes in the way we trained.

Basically, I think these were the 3 major reasons that took me to where I am. But even for those who are not or do not want to be at this level, university sports are a way to have competitive tournamentsgames and at the same time a very relaxed environment where you can meet a lot of new people from all over the world and have some of the best days of your life while you do the sport you like.

Are you a student with an opinion? We are looking for new contributors for our student column every month. Feel free to contact to offer a piece or propose a topic.


Published by:
European University Sports Association (EUSA)
Office: Tomšičeva ulica 4, SI-1000 Ljubljana
tel: +386 1 256 0056, fax: +386 1 256 0057
web: | Facebook | Twitter | Google+
Member of the International University Sport Federation EUSA - European University Sports Association