Press invited to reception with international delegation and local sports committee
Lake Placid, N.Y. – In January, a Lake Placid/ Adirondack delegation went on a fact-finding trip about the World University Games in Almaty, Kazakhstan, to begin evaluating the feasibility of hosting the games in the future. They met with FISU officials and attended several meetings to discuss the idea.
Since then, an Adirondack-based global sports committee formed. In May, Lake Placid Mayor Craig Randall sent a letter of interest, on behalf of the committee, to the United States International University Sports Federation, to be considered as a host candidate.
The FISU contingent is visiting the region and will be here through Friday. They will be in meetings and touring sporting venues, lodging properties and other area facilities. This is an unofficial preliminary walk-through tour occurring ahead of an official World University Games site visit and candidature.
FISU is responsible for worldwide competition of student-athletes in numerous sport competition programs. It stages events every two years, and they include summer and winter games. More than 170 national federations belong to the sports organization, from five continents. The winter games include alpine skiing, biathlon, cross-country skiing, curling, figure skating, hockey, short track speed skating, and snowboarding.
WHO: FISU (International University Sport Federation) staff and members of the Lake Placid/Adirondack Global Sport Committee. FISU staff includes Milan Augustin, Paola Matringe, and Jiho Kim.
WHAT: Members of the press are welcome to meet with the international delegation this Wednesday. The group is visiting Lake Placid, Wilmington, and Saranac Lake this week. They are touring the region as part of an ongoing conversation of possibly bringing the World University Games to the Adirondacks in 2023.
WHERE: Heaven Hill Farm, 302 Bear Cub Lane, Lake Placid
WHEN: Wednesday, June 21, 5:15 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
WHY: Area business leaders, regional communities, elected officials, ORDA and ROOST are exploring hosting the 2023 World University Games.
Contact: Kim Rielly, director of communications
Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism 518.637.6559 | @krielly