October 17 - Delegates from the International University Sports Federation (FISU) travelled to Brasilia to begin an inspection of the city's its bid to host the 2019 Summer Universiade.
FISU President Claude-Louise Gallien and secretary general Eric Saintrond were received in audience by Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, who reaffirmed her country's interest in hosting the Universiade, claiming it would help consolidate sport as a tool for educational purposes within the country.
During the visit to Brasilia, which is due to continue until Saturday (October 19), FISU delegates will attend a number of presentations regarding the technical aspects of the candidature, visit each sporting venue and attend audiences with authorities at federal and city state levels.
At the meeting Cabral presented the concept of the 2019 candidacy, the facilities that Brasilia offers, the importance of this student-sport event for South America, and stressed the support of Brasilia's citizens.
Gallien claimed that Brazil is considered one of the major emerging countries and its development should be focused on the education of youth.
"Sport is a part of this education, which should be interdisciplinary," he said.
The venue inspection began with a visit to the Olympic Centre at the University of Brazil.
Here, President of the University, Ivan Camargo met with the FISU officials to present the area and discuss how it would be renovated in order to cater for the competition.
The delegation then went on to visit the National Stadium, newly built in anticipation of the 2013 Confederations Cup, which Brazil won in June, and the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
Brasilia is up against Bucharest and Baku in the fight to host the 2019 Summer Univerisade, with these two cities yet to welcome a visit from the FISU delegates.
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