FISU now wants to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with ANOC ©FISU

Oleg Matytsin, President of the International University Sports Federation (FISU), is seeking to extend the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed last year with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) by putting together a similar agreement with the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC).

As final preparations are being made for the 29th Summer Universiade that are due to start in Taipei on Saturday (August 19), Matytsin told insidethegames: "Together, the IOC and FISU have the two biggest multi-sport events in the world.

"The lessons that we can share about managing complexity and minimising risk are very important.

"But the implications of our close work with the IOC go further than that.

"Without any doubt the IOC is a leader and a benchmark for all sports Federations. 

"The IOC's Agenda 2020 provides us with guidelines and directions to move forward. 

"Olympic values are what we try to teach our student athletes, as they are a vital part of our core mission."

Matytsin believes there are plenty of synergies between the Universiade and Olympic Movements. 

Oleg Matytsin is hoping to sign a deal between FISU and ANOC ©FISU
Oleg Matytsin is hoping to sign a deal between FISU and ANOC ©FISU

"In more practical terms, we would like to create a model of relations similar to that of the IOC with its National Olympic Committees (NOCs). 

"For that reason we are looking at opportunities to sign a MoU with ANOC. 

"Many of our Member Federations are also members or closely associated with their respective NOCs.

"We believe that NOCs and national university sports federations share a common goal of promoting sports, and for that reason we would like to see more practical cooperation between them.

"We also look at the IOC's experience of bidding campaigns, as finding host cities can be a challenge for federations, given the current economic situation. 

"Rotational principle of a sports programme and inclusion of new sports in the programme are also a case to study for us.

"We believe that our Universiades are a perfect testing ground for prospective Olympic sports, as we have seen with Roller sports, snowboarding and freestyle."

Find the full Big Read with the FISU President here.