EUSA members re-unite in Budapest and elect new Board

Following a challenging period of having mainly online events, the members of the European University Sports Association (EUSA) were finally able to gather in person on the occasion of the 2021 electoral EUSA General Assembly, which took place on September 10 and 11 in Budapest, Hungary.

EUSA General Assembly in Budapest

Following the 2019 EUSA Extraordinary General Assembly, Conference and Gala held in Aveiro, Portugal, in-person gatherings have been few and far between as a result of the global pandemic. However, with great effort and care and in line with all the safety protocols at local and international level, delegates from 38 EUSA member countries were able to meet in person for this year’s General Assembly, hosted by the Hungarian University Sports Federation at the University of Physical Education in the Hungarian capital, supported also by the International University Sports Federation (FISU).

The event started with the welcome speeches by EUSA President Mr Adam Roczek, on behalf of the host – MEFS Executive Committee member Mr Zoltan Rakaczki, FISU Acting President Mr Leonz Eder, as well as video addresses by the President of the European Olympic Committees Mr Spyros Capralos and Head of the Sport Unit of the European Commission Ms Floor van Houdt.
Mr Bruno Barracosa from Portugal has been, after successfully chairing the previous Assembly, again elected Chair of the Assembly.

Presidency of the EUSA General Assembly 2021

The Assembly delegates adopted modification to the statutes, also allowing proxy representation of member associations who could not attend the event in person due to the special circumstances, as well as having the possibilities to call online and hybrid assemblies. Taking into account the newly adopted statutes and proxies, 43 countries have been represented at the event. The Assembly also confirmed San Marino as its new, 47th member association.

Reports from the period 2018-2020 were presented by EUSA President Mr Adam Roczek, Secretary General Mr Matjaz Pecovnik and Treasurer Mr Lorenz Ursprung, highlighting the sports and educational events in the period, as well as the financial part and accounts, before the outgoing Executive Committee were thanked for their work over the last mandate.

Among the outgoing Executive Committee members, the Assembly awarded the title of Honorary Members to Mr Kemal Tamer from Turkey and Mr Ceslovas Garbaliauskas from Lithuania, as well as the Order of Merit to Mr Jean-Francois Sautereau from France.

Newly-elected EUSA Executive Committee

Being an electoral General Assembly, new members were voted in and welcomed onto the EUSA board. The new EUSA Executive Committee for the next 4-year period is now as follows:
President: Adam Roczek (POL)
1st Vice-President: Haris Pavletic (CRO)
Treasurer: Francis M.M. Cirianni (ITA)
Student Representative: Nikolli Flobena (ALB)
Members: Ivana Ertlova (CZE), Agita Abele (LAT), Aitor Canibe Sanchez (ESP), Joerg Foerster (GER), Zoltan Rakaczki (HUN), Bruno Barracosa (POR), Dmitry Kiselev (RUS), Milan Zvan (SLO), Andreas L. Csonka (SUI), Mehmet Gunay (TUR), Ievgeniy Imas (UKR)
Auditors: Hovhannes Gabrielyan (ARM) and Liviu Marian Matac (ROU)
Secretary General: Matjaz Pecovnik (SLO) - professional function, non-voting member

EUSA wishes to once again thank the Executive Committee members, as well as commission members from the previous mandate for their selflessness, hard work and efforts, and wishes to the new Executive Committee members the very best in their upcoming mandate, as together we continue to grow the organisation and develop university sport across Europe.

Official dinner with cultural programme celebrating inclusion and diversity

Participants also enjoyed a formal dinner, with entertainment programme, celebrating diversity and inclusion in society and also specifically in university sport. The attendees were addressed by EUSA President Mr Adam Roczek, FSU President Mr Lenz Eder, MEFS President Mr Lajos Mocsai and Hungarian State Secretary for Sport Ms Tunde Szabo.

EUSA also conveys a special word of appreciation for the local organising committee in Budapest – the Hungarian University Sports Federation (MEFS), in cooperation with the University of Physical Education (TF), supported also by the International University Sports Federation (FISU), for the great lengths they went to in hosting a highly successful and memorable event.

The events in Budapest will continue with the EUSA-FISU Strategic Dialogue, followed by the first meeting of the newly-elected EUSA Executive Committee.