The Federation of School Sports Associations of the Philippines, the national university sports federation recognized by the International University Sports Federation, has confirmed its participation in the 30th Winter Universiade to be held in Lucerne, Switzerland, from December 11 to 21.
The FESSAP Board of Directors, headed by its President Edwin C. Fabro, a prominent businessman and sports patron, approved the resolution calling for the Philippines to participate in the Winter Universiade for the second time. Two student-athletes were chosen by the FESSAP ski and winter skating committee to represent the country. They are Filipino-German cross-country skier Amadeo Kaus, a student at the University of Cologne in Germany, and figure skater Skye Frances Patenia of De La Salle University in Manila. Kaus, a climate justice advocate, will attend his favorite event which will take place in Andermatt in the Swiss Alps. Patenia is an active member of the Philippine National Figure Skating Team, having competed in various overseas competitions under the auspices of the Philippine Skating Union. It will compete in the city of Lucerne, the main venue for this year’s University Winter Games. Nearly 1,600 university athletes aged 17 to 25 are expected at the Winter Universiade. Athletes will come from more than 540 universities and colleges in 50 countries. The games, a joint project of the six cantons of central Switzerland – Uri, Schwyz, Obwalden, Nidwalden, Zug and the city of Lucerne, will include 10 events that will be played at eight venues. In 2019, figure skater Misha Fabian of Ateneo de Manila University became the first Filipino student-athlete to participate in the Winter Universiade held in Krasnoyarsk, Russia. Fabian is set to compete once again in the 31st Winter Universiade to be held in Lake Placid, New York, in January 2023.
The FESSAP Board of Directors has appointed the businessman-philanthropist Antonio L. Tiu, honorary president of FESSAP, as head of the country’s delegation, as well as the vice-president of FESSAP and president of the Technological University of the Philippines, Dr Jesus Rodrigo Torres, as honorary head of the delegation. Antonio Tiu and Dr Torres will both be assisted by the Chairman of the FESSAP Ski and Winter Skating Committee, Dodjie Fabian, and the Co-Chairman, Professor Robert Milton Calo, who is the Executive Vice-President of FESSAP , as representatives of the delegation, and Pom Domdom of PSU as a coach. The other members of the FWSSC committee are Cecilia Sarmiento, Sharon Fabian and Antonio Quiza, the secretary general of the Philippine National Orienteering Race. Edwin C. Fabro and Alvin Tai Lian, Chairman of the Board of FESSAP, are grateful for the hard work of FWSSC members in nominating two qualified student-athletes to compete in the 30th Winter Universiade in Switzerland. The winter multisport event is the world’s largest for varsity athletes, just behind the regular Winter Olympics. It is held every two years. FESSAP also thanks Jiho Kim, the FISU Games Winter Events Manager, for providing the organization with constant information on changes in information and new regulations, in particular regarding the travel guide and insurance for health and travel protection. The Universiade (Summer and Winter) have been held every two years since 1959 under the auspices of FISU in cooperation with its NUSF members from around the world. FESSAP Philippines is the official regular member of FISU and is responsible for the selection of Filipino athletes for the Winter and Summer Universiades. Tokyo Olympics pole vaulter Ernest John Obiena and Grandmaster chess player Wesley So are both products of the Summer Universiade. Thus, he won a gold medal at the Universiade at the World University Games in Kazan (Russia) in 2013, while Obiena won the title at the World University Games in Naples (Italy).
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