24 November 2023 – München

“Bringing the games to life together”

The 118th General Assembly of the German University Sports Federation (adh) took place from 19-20 November. One of the main topics discussed was the upcoming Rhine-Ruhr 2025 FISU World University Games, which will be held in Bochum, Duisburg, Düsseldorf, Essen, and Mülheim an der Ruhr in July 2025, under the patronage of the adh.

During the assembly, Niklas Börger, CEO of Rhine-Ruhr 2025 FISU Games gGmbH, presented the concept of the games to the delegates at TU Munich. He spoke about the ongoing planning and stressed the significance of the event for university sports. Börger expressed his enthusiasm, stating, “In 2025, we will bring together top student-athletes from all around the world. The World University Games provide a global platform for intercultural exchange. We have been working tirelessly over the past few months to ensure the success of this event.” Börger also called upon the delegates from the 200+ member universities, urging them to collaborate in bringing the Games to life: „Let us create unforgettable moments for thousands of people together, along with implementing sustainable initiatives for university sport.“

Delegation from Rhine-Ruhr 2025 was on site

The Rhine-Ruhr 2025 delegation, consisting of Ramea Möller (Stakeholder Management), Martin Olszowy (Programme Management), Robert Breitbarth (Venue Management), Louis Kleemeyer (Inclusion Management), and Claus Tiedemann (Science & Education), also attended the assembly. At the conference, Tiedemann presented the concept for involving full-time staff members and students from universities and university sports services. Tiedemann expressed his satisfaction, saying, “At our information stand, we had the opportunity to engage in direct dialogue.”

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The FISU Games Advisory Board was elected as part of the regular elections at the adh General Assembly. Dr Andrea Altmann (University of Jena, full-time), Maximilian Baal (University of Kassel, student), Christoph Edeler (TU Dortmund, full-time), Karla Fischer (University of Lüneburg, student), Henrik Fliegel (University of Münster, student) and David Storek (University of Lüneburg, full-time) now sit on the board. During the gala, discus thrower Antonia Kinzel (Mannheim University of Applied Sciences) and steeplechaser Jens Mergenthaler (Esslingen University of Applied Sciences) were honoured as Student-Athletes of the Year. Both won gold medals at the FISU World University Games in Chengdu this summer.

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Chairman Förster highlights the importance of the FISU Games

Jörg Förster, Chairman of the adh, further highlighted the importance of the Rhine-Ruhr 2025 FISU Games for the federation: „The successful preparations for the Rhine-Ruhr 2025 FISU Games, the positive response to the national adh competitions and educational events, the successful FISU World University Games in Chengdu and Lake Placid, and the nationwide initiative ‘Active Studying - Studying Moves! 2.0’ (in German - ‘Bewegt studieren – Studieren bewegt! 2.0’) showcase the wide range of achievements that the federation managed to make this year.“

You can find photos of the adh General Assembly here. For more information about the event, please refer to the report on the adh homepage (in German).

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