BOC Named As International University Sports Federation Member

BOC Named As International University Sports Federation Member

8/2/2013 11:57:54 AM
The Bahamas Olympic Committee has been recognised as an official member of the International University Sports Federation (FISU) at a meeting of the FISU governing body in Kazan, Russia early in July.

In FISU, The Bahamas Olympic Committee will function as the National University Sports Federation of The Bahamas, which will be chaired by Wellington Miller with Romell Knowles as Secretary General and will now represent all interests of FISU in The Bahamas. The National University Sports Federation of The Bahamas becomes the only body affiliated to FISU representing University Sports in The Bahamas. 

Mr. Miller, who is also president of The Bahamas Olympic Committee noted that the move would further facilitate the exposure of Bahamian university sportsmen and women in the world of international university sporting competition. 

Mr. Knowles, the Secretary General of The Bahamas Olympic Committee who also serves as the National University Sports Federation of The Bahamas Secretary General, said that the move will give Colleges here the opportunity to promote fitness, athletics and competitive sport to enhance the experience of their student body. The College of The Bahamas already participates in University Games internationally and the new Federation will meet with other eligible educational facilities in The Bahamas to encourage them to add sports to their curriculum.

FISU stages the international University Games, known as ‘Universiade’, an international sporting and cultural festival every two years in a different city and have often been attended by national swim teams from The Bahamas.

Also part of the FISU family of Games is the World University Championships. Alternating with the Summer and Winter Universiades, they are organised every even-numbered year.

The last Summer ‘Universiade’ was held in Kazan, Russia this year and was participated in by The Bahamas’ National Swim Team. The list of sports staged in the Summer University Games includes •Athletics •Swimming •Diving •Water polo •Basketball •Fencing •Football •Artistic Gymnastics •Rhythmic Gymnastics •Judo •Table Tennis •Tennis & •Volleyball.

The Summer ‘Universiade’ is the only summer multi-sport event in the world that connects students at both academic and athletic levels over 12 days of sports competitions.

The Summer Universiade showcases more than 9,000 student-athletes and officials from over 170 countries in 13 compulsory disciplines and up to 3 optional sports. The Summer ‘Universiade’ is broadcast by more than 100 TV channels.

Also, the World University Championships Sports Programme includes •American Football •Archery •Badminton •Baseball •Basketball 3 on 3 •Beach Volleyball •Boxing •Bridge •Canoe Slalom •Canoe Sprint •Chess •Cross Country •Cycling •Equestrian •Floorball •Futsal •Golf •Handball •Hockey •Karate •Long Track Speed Skating •Match Racing •Netball •Orienteering •Rowing •Rugby 7 •Savate •Softball •Shooting Sport •Squash •Taekwondo •Triathlon •Waterskiing •Weightlifting •Woodball & •Wrestling

The Bahamas Olympic Committee through the National University Sports Federation of The Bahamas represents all Bahamian university athletes.
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