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Chengdu is ready to host a great Universiade: FISU

31 Mar 2023, 21:18 GMT+10

CHENGDU, March 31 (Xinhua) -- Officials from the International University Sports Federation (FISU) have expressed their confidence that Chengdu is ready to host a great World University Games in four-month time.

The Games will be held in Chengdu, southwest China's Sichuan Province, from July 28 to August 8.

"Chengdu is really ready, and the organizing committee did the best they could do to welcome all our athletes from all over the world," Leonz Eder, acting president of the FISU, said in an interview during the Heads of Delegation (HoD) Meeting held in Chengdu.

Coming to Chengdu for the first time, Eder was impressed by "some very beautiful buildings and many green spots in the city."

"I look forward to having some more time also to discover the cultural heritage of Chengdu and modern development as well," he said.

According to the FISU requirements, the HoD Spring Meeting is organized by the Executive Committee of the Games to serve as a platform to share information and answer questions.

"To see face-to-face, to meet people and talk to them, to see the venues and experience all these on-site makes it much easier for them to prepare their delegations to come. So it's a very important preparatory step before the Games," Eder said, adding that he believes the exchanges with heads of delegations will help the FISU and organizing committee to use the last 120 days to make the final steps for the preparation.

"Personally, I'm more than convinced that Chengdu is ready to host a great Games," he assured.

During the four-day meeting from Tuesday to Friday, delegations are also invited to tour competition venues and the Games Village in Chengdu.

FISU secretary general and CEO Eric Saintrond described the Games Village as "one of the best that we've ever had."

"All the services are very convenient, and I'm sure that the internal transportation system will work very well. I must say that all facilities are great. The restaurant, information center, rooms, offices for the delegations, and medical rooms, everything is perfect," commented Saintrond.

"We are talking about not only a village for the Games, but we are also talking about the legacy of the Games for students of China, and Chengdu, of course," he added.

"My expectation is that a lot of students from all over the world will arrive in Chengdu to meet each other. Athletes come here to compete, but also to meet other students, exchange ideas and witness the culture of this beautiful city and Sichuan Province," said Eder, who believes that all the information shared through the HoD Meeting will be useful.

"A multi-sport event has so many functional areas like security, transportation, food and beverage, accommodation and payment. There are hundreds of details that heads of delegations need to know, and then they go back to their teams, inform them and prepare themselves. It's very useful to get all this information," he noted.

"We are very much looking forward to the Games in Chengdu," the Swiss head of delegation, Renato Maggi said.

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