May 3, 2017
The International University Sports Federation (FISU) and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) have pledged "closer collaboration" to "benefit student athletes all around the world" following a meeting between the Presidents of the two organisations.
FISU President Oleg Matytsin and NCAA counterpart Mark Emmert held talks at the latter's headquarters in Indianapolis in the United States with both keen to work closely in the future.
"It was very clear from our meeting that both FISU and the NCAA share a common mission: using the positive values of sport to help students achieve their full potential," said Matytsin.
As an initial step towards developing the relationship between FISU and the NCAA, Emmert will attend the forthcoming Taipei 2017 Summer Universiade.
He will contribute to a FISU conference that will be attended by university sports leaders and experts from around the world.
The NCAA oversees sport at colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, with FISU the global governing body.
"I appreciate how FISU also recognises the power of sports and the importance of promoting sports in conjunction with the university spirit," added Emmert.
"As stewards of athletics at the world's colleges and universities, our organisations must continue to create the positive experiences and opportunities for students to not only compete but also learn through sports."
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