October 28, 2022 | at the FISU Summer University World Games
At the end of the 1,000-day trip to the 2025 FISU World University Games in Rhine-Ruhr, the two-week visit of FISU’s International Technical Committee (ITC) has begun in full swing, with eight inspections of sports venues in four of the five host cities.
FISU representatives were delighted with what they saw.
The delegation included a number of Technical Committee (TCC) chairmen, including Donatella Sacchi (rhythmic gymnastics), Robert Rieblinger (3×3 basketball), Matt Draper (rowing), Nikos Vasileiou (water polo), Josef Zellweger (rhythmic gymnastics), Ulf Ohrman (basketball), Kosta Iliev (basketball), Nao Kawatei (tennis) and Mario Ferro (beach volleyball).
What did they say
“After visiting the TCC site, it is safe to say that the 2025 Rhein-Ruhr competition is in good hands and the Rhein-Ruhr area and local organizing committee are sure to provide an excellent FISU Games in 2025,” said Robert Rieblinger after visiting the 3×3 basketball Arena-Park and training hall Sporthalle Lichtenbroich in Düsseldorf.
“It was especially exciting to see such a young and energetic team working on a project of this scale. The inspected facilities met all the requirements and will provide an appropriate setting for the FISU Games in such an urban area,” he added.
“The presented plans by the Local Organizing Committee showed a deep understanding of providing a top-level international multi-sport event with a concept emphasizing sustainability and diversity, while providing athletes and fans with a unique and exciting experience,” said Rieblinger.
Kawatei, the FISU TCC for Tennis, also hailed the ETUF venue in Essen as the perfect venue for performances by players from around the world in 2025.
“I have seen ETUF and it is a very historic tennis and sports club. I am impressed with the equipment. Now it’s under renovation and I’m sure everything will be ready in 2025.
“The atmosphere at this facility will be fantastic and athletes from all over the world will be very happy to play here in the FISU World University Games.
“I would like to thank all the people at Essen and the ETUF along with the German Tennis Federation and the Local Organizing Committee for the effort they put in. I expect a successful event in 2025,” said Kawatei.
Rhine-Ruhr 2025 CEO Stefan Kürten was delighted with the positive feedback received from the visiting FISU ITC and felt it would boost the confidence of the entire team.
“We have been preparing for numerous visits to the facilities for a long time and we are pleased that most of them met the guidelines or exceeded FISU expectations. It also helped us understand where we need to work together and step up our game. From now on, it’s about channeling our energy into fine-tuning the requirements as recommended by the FISU TCC,” said Kürten.
“We would like to thank the entire FISU team for the valuable time they spent detailing these visits. We will continue to strengthen this joint effort to host the Games successfully in 2025.”
Last visit coming soon
Although the technical visit ended with a visit to the beach volleyball hall in Düsseldorf, the last round of the visit is scheduled for mid-November. Athletics facilities in Bochum, archery, swimming and table tennis in Düsseldorf and fencing, judo and taekwondo in Essen will be overhauled.