The meeting participants - from left to right: Mike Kurt; Leonz Eder; Wang Shihting; Xi Ru ©FISU

Leonz Eder, first vice-president of International University Sports Federation (FISU) and managing director of Swiss University Sports, has met with the new Chinese ambassador to Switzerland, Wang Shihting, with both parties discussing the upcoming University Games in their respective countries.

Wang took up the new role in August and met with Eder at the embassy in Bern, with the managing director also being accompanied by Mike Kurt, President of Swiss University Sports.

Xi Ru, councillor for Culture, Tourism, Education, Science and Technology at the embassy, was also present for the meeting.

All four discussed the upcoming Lucerne 2021 Winter Universiade and the Chengdu 2021 Summer World University Games, in Switzerland and China respectively.

The upcoming Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics was also on the agenda.

"The Organising Committee in Chengdu is working hard to prepare wonderful Games for the student athletes from all over the world," said Wang.

Lucerne is scheduled to host the 2021 Winter Universiade ©FISU
Lucerne is scheduled to host the 2021 Winter Universiade ©FISU

He also emphasised that he is happy to welcome the large Chinese delegation to the Winter Universiade in December 2021 for Lucerne 2021.

Kurt also mentioned the importance of multisport events over the next two years and offered ongoing cooperation between the ambassador and the President of the Swiss Olympic Committee, Jürg Stahl.

The possibility of cooperation between Chinese companies based in Switzerland and Swiss University Sports was also discussed.

The Lucerne 2021 Universiade is scheduled to take place from December 11 to 21 2021, having been rescheduled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

It was initially set to run from January 21 to 31 2021.

Chengdu 2021 is currently scheduled from August 18 to 29 2021, having been postponed by 10 days due to the rescheduling of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, now set to take place from July 23 to August 8 2021.