FISU attended the SAUŠ centenary celebrations in Bratislava ©FISU

The International University Sports Federation (FISU) has held its first steering committee meeting since the election of the organisation's new Executive Committee.

FISU President Oleg Matytsin was present at the meeting in Slovakia's capital Bratislava, along with secretary-general Eric Saintrond.

First vice-president Leonz Eder and the four vice-presidents Luciano Cabral, Marian Dymalski, Penninah Kabenge and Shen Zhen were also present, with FISU treasurer Bayasgalan Danzandorj and senior Executive Committee member Verena Burk.

Uganda's Kabenge and China's Shen were elected as vice-presidents for the first time last month, with the former becoming the first woman to take the role.

The steering committee reviewed the General Assembly and the first edition of the FISU University World Cup Football event in China.

The competition was held for the first time, following on from the success of FISU's 3x3 Basketball World Cup event.

"It was great to welcome Penninah Kabenge, FISU's first female vice-president, to her first Steering Committee," Saintrond said.

"It was a very productive meeting, with plans for the future and also the proposition of names for the chairpersons of various FISU Committees.

"We discussed the outcome of the 2019 General Assembly and the most recent FISU sporting achievement, the first edition of the FISU University World Cup - Football in Jinjiang."

FISU said plans were discussed at the meeting, including the upcoming editions of the Summer and Winter Universiades.

Future World University Championships and World Cups were also on the agenda.

The meeting took place alongside the Slovak University Sports Association (SAUŠ) centenary celebrations.

The organisation's origins were traced back to June 1919, with a gala event held in Bratislava to mark the 100-year milestone.

Dusan Hamar, right, was awarded the Primo Nebiolo award ©FISU
Dusan Hamar, right, was awarded the Primo Nebiolo award ©FISU

FISU presented the Jean Petitjean Medal, their highest award, to SAUŠ for their contribution to the international university sport movement.

SAUŠ has previously organised three Winter Universiades and several World University Championships.

SAUŠ co-hosted the 2015 Winter Universiade with Spain back in 2015, when Štrbské and Pleso-Osrblie was chosen to stage the Nordic skiing and biathlon events.

"It goes without saying that FISU is very grateful to the President of the Slovak University Sports Association, Julius Dubovsky," said Matytin.

"Also, to the Slovak Olympic and Sports Committee and to the government and leadership of Slovakia.

"With such proactive member countries as Slovakia, FISU can look ahead with confidence," he added.

FISU also presented Dusan Hamar, chair of FISU Medical Committee, with their Primo Nebiolo Medal.

They are named after the Italian widely credited with the creation of the Universiade in its current format and the second FISU President.

The medals recognise outstanding achievements and contributions to the development and promotion of university sports, both at international and national level.