Earlier this month, MUSC and KSU announced that for the first time since the 1990s, a contingent of elite University of Malta student athletes will be participating in the University of Malta’s name at the FISU games in Kazan.
With a participation of almost 13,000 athletes from Universities all over the world, these games are a University based version of the Olympics. It is an extremely prestigious competition which is considered to be a stepping stone for future Olympic participants and medalists. In fact it will be broadcast live on EuroSport.
MUSC will field a delegation of 7 athletes:
Track and field – Andy Grech, Matthew Croker and Rebecca Sare’. All GSSE medalists.
Swimmers – Andrea Agius, Edward Caruana Dingli and Daniel Galea, who all hold national records and are some of the most promising swimming talents Malta has to offer.
Weightlifting – Rodmar Pulis, who recently won a silver medal at the European Small Nations Tournament.
Elena Bajada, MUSC President, and MUSC Secretary General Madeleine Fenech will be accompanying the contingent as officials, and Jesmond Joseph Caruana will be present as Weightlifting coach.
When approached by Insite, Bajada explained that the athletes were handpicked using a system based on national standards and foreign ones, where a number of University Athletes were shortlisted.
This led to an original list of around 20 athletes which after close consideration and with particular attention to what was going on at national championship level and at the GSSE games, was reduced to the current and final selection of disciplines and athletes.
“Although a contingent of 7 athletes is certainly not a large contingent, one must appreciate the restraints that MUSC, a small student run organisation faces, especially when comparing it with its foreign counterparts which are all funded by their governments. Considering that the games share the prestige of Olympic Games, MUSC’s efforts are certainly worth noting. With this in mind, our ambitions are realistic and we realize that winning medals will be difficult when faced with such a high level of competition, but we are confident that our athletes will achieve commendable results nonetheless.”
The opening ceremony will be held on the 6th July.
Insite will be following the progress of all athletes very closely. Stay tuned for more updates in the coming days.