Modern sport to be discussed at FISU Conference

On July 14-17, Kazan will host the FISU Conference, entitled 'University and Olympic Sports: two models - one goal?'. This event will bring together scholars and practitioners in the field of sports education from different countries to discuss the place of sports in the modern world.

The FISU Conference participants will be able share their knowledge, achievements and ideas on the theme 'The place of sport in different educational systems'. Key speakers will be President of Beijing University of Physical Culture and Sport, Yang Hua, and Associate Professor of Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO), Elena Rudaya. Yang Hua is a specialist in the field of sports sociology, sports training and development strategies in sport, and Elena Rudaya leads the MBA Programme, entitled 'International Business and Business Administration in the Sports Industry', as well as professional training in 'Management in Sport and Tourism' at the MGIMO School of Business and International Proficiency. Their presentations at the FISU Conference will reflect issues of social perception of sport in education, character education and ethics in athletics. FISU will consider initiatives in sports education, and experts will conduct a comparative analysis of the different systems and levels of sports education, as well as discuss the possibilities and prospects of sport as a future profession. During the working sessions and seminars, experts will identify trends and put forward proposals to improve sports education, which ultimately will give impetus to the development of modern university and Olympic sports.

The conference programme includes another important topic, entitled 'Women in University and Olympic Sports', which will discuss models of the Brighton Declaration in countries that promote the rights of women in various fields. This theme will be discussed by the founder and Executive Director of the Japanese Association for Women and Sport, Professor of Sports Management Juntendo University, former coach of the Japanese national swimming team, Etsuko Ogasawara. She has published numerous scientific papers devoted to swimming, coaching, as well as women and sport, and at the FISU Conference will discuss prerequisites of the Brighton Declaration and successful history of its implementation.

The Declaration itself will be officially signed on July 16 in Kazan by President of the Russian Student Sports Union (RSSU), Oleg Matytsin. A round table on women's participation in major sporting events will be held on the sidelines of the Summer Universiade with the participation of members of the FISU Gender Equality Committee, well-known athletes and sports officials.

As was reported earlier, the FISU Conference entitled 'University and Olympic Sports: two models - one goal?' will be held on July 14-17 at the Main International Centre (MIC) in the Universiade Village. More information about the conference can be found on the official website of the FISU Conference.

Media Department of Kazan 2013 Executive Directorate