Oman to host 2024 world var­sity cross coun­try meet

Muscat Daily - - FRONT PAGE - Ashok Puro­hit

Oman has won the rights to host the FISU World Univer­sity Cross Coun­try Cham­pi­onships in 2024.

A de­ci­sion to award the pres­ti­gious cham­pi­onship was taken by the In­ter­na­tional Univer­sity Sports Fed­er­a­tion (FISU) at a meet­ing held in Lau­sanne, Switzer­land, re­cently.

The Oman Com­mit­tee for Univer­sity Sport (OCUS) had made its bid in Oc­to­ber and its bid was con­firmed by the FISU Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee.

The dates of the event will be an­nounced later in con­sul­ta­tions with the world ath­let­ics gov­ern­ing body (IAAF). OCUS chair­man Dr Salim al Araimi had led the bid del­e­ga­tion to FISU.

Last month, the role of OCUS was ap­pre­ci­ated by the world body. OCUS chief Araimi was pre­sented the Diploma of Ac­knowl­edg­ment and FISU An­niver­sary Medal for its con­tri­bu­tion to the de­vel­op­ment of the in­ter­na­tional univer­sity sports move­ment at the 36th FISU Gen­eral As­sem­bly in Torino, Italy.

Mus­cat is among the nearly 40 cities around the world which were awarded the right to host var­i­ous FISU World Univer­sity Cham­pi­onships for 2022 and 2024. Ac­cord­ing to Mar­ian Dy­mal­ski, chair­per­son of FISU’s In­ter­na­tional Tech­ni­cal Com­mit­tee, “For the first time FISU adopted a dou­ble at­tri­bu­tion sys­tem for two sea­sons of the World Univer­sity Cham­pi­onships and Univer­sity World Cups. Now that we have an­nounced the at­tri­bu­tions, we can en­sure we pro­vide the best pos­si­ble sup­port to the host cities to stage truly world class events.”

Eka­ter­in­burg in Rus­sia will host the Sum­mer Univer­si­ade 2023 while Lake Placid in US will host the 2023 Win­ter Univer­si­ade.

OCUS chair­man Dr Salim al Araimi had led the bid del­e­ga­tion to FISU

Be­sides Mus­cat, which is host­ing the univer­sity worlds for the first time, the other debu­tants are Carthage in Costa Rica (2024 world univer­sity cy­cling) and New Delhi, In­dia (2024 world univer­sity shoot­ing).

While the 2020 World Univer­sity Cross Coun­try Cham­pi­onship will be held in Mar­rakech in Morocco, the 2022 edi­tion will be staged in Fukuoka, Ja­pan.

The FISU eval­u­a­tion team, com­pris­ing Mar­ian Dy­mal­ski and vice chair­per­son Fer­nando Par­ente, as well as the FISU sports depart­ment staff, were sat­is­fied with the cal­i­bre of the bids pre­sented to them ear­lier in Oc­to­ber this year.“We had an ex­cel­lent geo­graph­i­cal rep­re­sen­ta­tion in the bids that were pre­sented,” Par­ente was quoted on the of­fi­cial FISU web­site. “And the suc­cess­ful bids were very strong in terms of qual­ity, ex­per­tise and tech­ni­cal un­der­stand­ing.”

As part of prepa­ra­tions, FISU has in­vited OCUS to be an ob­server at ei­ther the 2020 or 2022 World Univer­sity Cham­pi­onships.

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