Publish Date: 14.07.2016

Category: News from the University

The Student Organization of Slovenia (ŠOS) and the Slovenian University Sports Association (SUSA) signed an Agreement on co-financing student sports programmes on Friday, 8 July 2016. The Slovenian University Sports Association also presented the Slovenian national team, which will participate at the 2016 European University Games. The event, which will be held in Zagreb and Rijeka from 11 to 26 July, will be attended by 226 athletes and staff members from four higher-education establishments.

Signing the Agreement on co-financing student sports programmes, valued at EUR 22,000, will allow co-financing of all national university championships organized by SUSA and participation at all larger international competitions.

President of SUSA Prof. Dr. Milan Žvan: "The Student Organization recognized our efforts in the field of student sports and decided to join us on our path, and we welcome them. We wish for students to create their own social networks though sports in addition to known benefits of physical activity."

President of ŠOS Klemen Balanč: "ŠOS is happy to have achieved this agreement. Now, we will join forces on our path. We are aware that a healthy body is the foundation of a healthy spirit."

The signing of the agreement was followed by a presentation of the Slovenian national team, which will participate at the European University Games. The European University Sports Association (EUSA) and the Croatian University Sports Association (HASS) are organizing the third European University Games in Zagreb and Rijeka in 2016 with more than 5500 students and attendees from more than 400 universities and over 45 European countries. The Games will be held from 11 to 26 July 2016 in two Croatian higher education centers, Zagreb and Rijeka. The grand opening ceremony was held in the capital on Wednesday, 13 July 2016. The closing ceremony will be on 25 July 2016 in Rijeka.

This year's Games will feature 23 sporting disciplines, including two para-disciplines. 183 student athletes will represent the colours of all three Universities and one higher education institute, and they will compete in 19 sporting disciplines (a more detailed list of athletes is available here).

Slovenian athletes have always been very successful since the start of student competitions in Europe. Together, they have brought home 45 medals – 18 golds, 15 silvers and 12 bronze. Forty of them went to athletes from the University of Ljubljana.

Photo by Matej Pušnik