28 May 2024 – Düsseldorf

Karla Borger elected as Chair of the Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees of the Rhine-Ruhr 2025 FISU World University Games met on 21 May 2024 in Düsseldorf. With Nancy Faeser, Federal Minister of the Interior and Andrea Milz, State Secretary for Sport and Volunteering of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, the Board of Trustees includes high-ranking representatives of the federal and state governments as well as representatives of the local authorities as sponsors. The honorary committee is completed by prominent personalities from the fields of sport, science, university sport, culture, business and the media. At the first constituent meeting, the members of the Board of Trustees elected Karla Borger as Chair and Prof. Dr. Nikolaus Risch as Vice-Chair.

The Board of Trustees advises the German University Sports Association (adh) as shareholder and organiser of the Rhine-Ruhr 2025 FISU World University Games on selected strategic and operational issues.

The constituent meeting focused on getting to know each other and discussing the Rhine-Ruhr 2025 FISU World University Games, a colourful and international sports festival in North Rhine-Westphalia in the summer of 2025, which will bring positive emotions to life at five venues.

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Karla Borger has good experience with the World University Games

Karla Borger, President of the German Athletes' Association and Universiade Beach Volleyball Champion 2011, is looking forward to the upcoming tasks: "The FISU Games, then still the Universiade, are very important for me both in terms of sport and personally. I won my first major international title on the sand in Shenzhen in 2011. It was an important milestone in my sporting career. I am therefore all the more looking forward to working together with the other members of the Board of Trustees to give the organisation of the Rhine-Ruhr 2025 FISU World University Games a broad impetus. Furthermore, our common goal is to bring the potential of this sustainable, inclusive and participatory major sporting event to society.

Next meeting in December 2024

Jörg Förster, Chairman of the adh, thanked the members of the Board of Trustees: I would like to thank you all very much for the great support you have shown today for the FISU World University Games Rhine-Ruhr 2025. Together with your impetus and the support of the Federal Government, the Federal States and the local authorities, we will work intensively on the further organisation and successful implementation of this largest top-class sporting event in Germany since the 1972 Olympic Games and present ourselves as an inspiring host region for major sporting events in my home region of Rhine-Ruhr in 2025.

The next meeting of the Board of Trustees will take place in December 2024.