Universiade: Green light at Lausanne

FISU Executive Committee on Sunday, first meeting on San Paolo

(ANSA) - Naples, September 24 - Monday was the beginning of a decisive week for organising the 2019 Universiade World University Games, with an important weekend coming up in Lausanne, Switzerland, where the International University Sports Federation (FISU) will hold its Executive Committee Meeting.
    ​ At the meeting, ​the Executive Committee will review details of the event's organisation, which ran into some initial difficulties but now seems back on track.
    The FISU Executive Committee must give the final green light to allow the Games, scheduled from July 3-14 in Naples and the region of Campania, to move forward.​ Outlook on the Committee's decision has taken a decidedly more optimistic turn since FISU Secretary-General Eric Saintrond gave his assurances following a meeting last week of the Universiade directors' committee at Palazzo Santa Lucia, seat of the Campania regional government, in Naples.
    A delegation from Campania will be in Lausanne on Saturday and Sunday with all the relevant parties involved in planning for the Universiade: Commissioner Gianluca Basile, Campania Regional Deputy Governor Fulvio Bonavitacola, City of Naples Chief of Staff Attilio Auricchio, and Italian University Sports Centre President Lorenzo Lentini.
    The delegation's job will be to present a report to the FISU Executive Committee and assure FISU that the event will be a success.
    The meeting is the last chance to discuss planning prior to a final 10-month rush leading up to the event, which hasn't taken place in Italy in more than 20 years.
    The Campania delegation's report, which will be discussed on Sunday morning, will touch on every organisational aspect of the event, including providing FISU with updated information about the awarding of tenders for work on the various sporting venues.
    Nearly all the tenders have already been awarded.
    ​ Just prior to leaving for Lausanne, the commission will meet with representatives of the Naples soccer team and its owner Aurelio De Laurentiis​, to take stock of the situation regarding renovation work at San Paolo Stadium, where the Games' opening ceremony is scheduled.
    Meanwhile, talks are underway to secure agreements with CONI, the University of Salerno, and the Naples Port Authority, for hosting the international delegations (more than 8,000 athletes, coaches and directors) expected to attend the Games.
    In this regard, talks are also underway with the Campania Region Company for the Right to University Education (ADISURC) for university residences, and with University of Naples Federico II campus for medical services.