It is my pleasure to welcome you toMinsk, for the IXof the World University Canoe Sprint Championship.
The International University Sports Federation (FISU) recognises that just to be here has required many victories, some big and some small. Many of these victories will have brought results that are easy to recognise, like a winning score in a race or in a game. Others are less tangible, like finding the right balance between training and studying. All are equally important.
Our work at FISU is focused on providing opportunities for students – the leaders of tomorrow – to be positively influenced by their experiences of international university sport. Whether a student emerges as a champion,is helping to organise the competitions, or attending in support of a team, we know that they can all learn essential life lessons through sport. These lessons cannot be simply taught in a lecture hall or classroom.
Over the next 3 days, you will compete alongside some of the best student athletes in the world. The World University Championship demand skill, athleticism and single-minded determination to do your best. But beyond the competition, FISU urges you all to take full advantage of this moment. May you return home with memories that will last a lifetime and perhaps even some new friends from faraway places.
By taking part in the FISU World University Canoe Sprint Championship, you are becoming part of a historic movement that has been growing for more than 70 years. I encourage you to consider how you may best write your own page in this history.
None of FISU’s events would be possible, meanwhile, without the gracious generosity of our hosts. I would like to extend our sincere gratitude to the National University Sports Federation of the Republic of Belarus and the organisers for their dedication. I am confident you will do the same.
FISU is also gratefulfor the ongoing support of the International Sports Federations. Together, we aim to provide the highest level of technical excellence, both on and off the field of play. We remain convinced that the best student athletes deserve nothing less.
I am confident that the FISU World University Canoe Sprint Championship in Minsk will provide you every opportunity to shine, and I wish you the best of luck!