Mercoledì, 24 Ottobre 2018

Universiade: Saintrond says plan OK but more staff needed


Naples, August 8 - International University Sports
Federation (FISU) Secretary General Erik Saintrond said there is
no back-up location for the 2019 Universiade World University
Games and that the event will take place in Naples, but he also
said additional staff is needed.
"The Universiade will take place in Naples. There is no plan
B. Plan B is Naples," Saintrond said, following a directors'
"We've been pushing for months and months for more staff in
Naples. Even though we bring our experts to help, if there
aren't people in Naples it can't move forward," he said.
"We talked about it today as well. A general coordinator for
the Games needs to be hired as soon as possible, as well as
heads of various departments that are still missing. There need
to be 12 to 14 people urgently; they need to get here right
away. During the Games, the number of personnel will depend on
the fact that perhaps people who already work in civil service
can be used, but there is a need for expert personnel. We will
put in additional energy from FISU, we will bring more staff
here on a stable basis, we will rent apartments to house them
here, but there have to be department heads, because if our
staff comes they won't have anyone to speak to," he said.
Saintrond appeared confident, however.
"After the last two meetings, we have seen strong support
from Governor De Luca and we feel calmer. We had some fears on
the situation for the athletes' village. We didn't know how it
would be organised. But now we've been reassured by De Luca that
everything will be resolved in the coming weeks. The ships are
the best situation because once they arrive they are ready to be
used. We are flexible; we can use the campuses or even do a mix
of both solutions we have, so as not to increase the price, but
also ensuring that the quality of the housing is adequate," he

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