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Fair Play Creates Buzz among Young Athletes in Taipei

The stand of the International Fair Play Committee (CIFP) has been in full operation at the Universiade in Taipei for four days and its popularity is growing among the young athletes day by day. The promotion of sportsmanship has been integrated into the official program of the Universiades and this is the third time the CIFP has set up a “Fair Play Booth” at the venue of the prestigious event.

Colorful giveaways

Thanks to a recent agreement between FISU and the International Fair Play Committee, the fair play education programme has received special emphasis in Taipei. The fair play stand offers exciting interactive and team building activities as well as colourful giveaways i.e. pins and brochures to its visitors in the very heart of the international athletes’ village. Hundreds of young people took part in the fair play games during the first few competition days already.

Dr Jenő Kamuti, President of the International Fair Play Committee has been fully satisfied with his initial experience in Taipei. “I am extremely happy about the excitement I felt on the first day already. We only started to set up our stand when visitors began to flow and ask about the mission of our organisation. We received a very warm welcome and the central location of our fair play booth is better than anyone could wish for. The local organisers have done a great job. They are very professional making every effort to fulfil the requirements of their guests. We also received all help with the set-up of our stand. As for the village, it has a special atmosphere. The blocks of buildings are light and airy inspiring freedom and a relaxed mood. Nevertheless, the organisers always place a high priority on safety and security as well as punctuality.”

Concerning the Opening Ceremony, President Kamuti, a five-time Universiade Champion fencer also added: “It is remarkable that Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee also emphasised the importance of the Universiades in his video message. This means that besides the Olympic spirit, Universiades have just started to embody their unique “Universiade spirit”. Regarding the regrettable incident during the Opening Ceremony when a local protest group prevented some athletes from marching in, I strongly condemn their act as it gave offence directly to the athletes and fair play. Fortunately, the organisers reacted quickly to handle the situation and finally, all the participants could enjoy the spectacular show.”

The fair play stand welcomes visitors during the entire course of the Universiade.


The CIFP flag is waving in the first row of the flag park, next to the flags of FISU and Taipei 2017