December 22 - Claude-Louis Gallien, President of the International University Sports Federation (FISU) has exclusively told insidethegames he wants a meeting with International Olympic Committee (IOC) leader Thomas Bach to discuss how both organisations can work more closely together.
Frenchman Gallien believes the way forward for FISU is to try to establish better links and greater cooperation with the IOC, the biggest sporting organisation in the world, claiming both governing bodies have much in common and can benefit from closer ties.
"We are trying to develop a new strategy because the world of sport is changing a lot," Gallien told insidethegames here.
"I want to be proactive.
"I want to be nearer the IOC.
"There is a new President and I will be planning to meet him in Sochi [at the 2014 Winter Olympics and Paralympics] and then again after the Winter Games.
"I have some proposals [to put to him] because I think we have the same origin because we believe in the Olympic spirit and education and sport.
"We are very complimentary in the domain of sport, youth and education.
"We [Universiades] are an intermediate between the Youth Olympic Games [YOG] and the Olympics.
"I would propose that we should look at how we can use our level of similarity at the level of athletes.
"Universiades contain high levels of performance and we can be a kind of filter for the Olympics."
"Bach has the same problems as me like developing good relationships with International Federations [IFs]," he added.
"I mean I know perfectly well that the IOC and FISU are on totally different scales but at least it could be interesting to discuss these things.
"We are similar too in that we organise big events.
"We organise two huge events every two years [Summer and Winter Universiades], while the IOC organises two massive events every four years.
"If you think that with our Universiades, we can be seen as a test event for Olympic bidding cities."
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