Tissot will provide timekeeping, scoring and results services at both the 27th Summer Universiade in Kazan, Russia and the 26th Winter Universiade in Trentino, Italy.
Tissot, one of the world’s best known Swiss watch brands, will become the Official Timekeeper of the FISU Universiades, the biggest international multi-sport events for student athletes. With this partnership Tissot will bring their expertise and gold medal standard to the Universiades, which attract some of the biggest and brightest sport stars of tomorrow.
Commenting on the new partnership, François Thiébaud, President of Tissot said: “We are thrilled to be bringing our proven expertise in precision timekeeping for multi-discipline competition to the Universiades this year. We have already successfully performed this task for the Summer Universiade on two previous occasions, but 2013 also marks our debut as Official Timekeeper and Partner of the winter edition. We look forward to this new challenge and to providing tomorrow’s best athletes with uncompromising fairness through our world class timekeeping solutions.
Eric Saintrond, FISU Secretary-General/CEO, added: ‘We are delighted to welcome Tissot as our Official Timekeeper. Timing and scoring in sports demands absolute precision and Tissot is best in class in sports timekeeping. As our student athletes strive for ‘Excellence in Mind and Body’, our new partner will be there measuring and marking their performances.’
Founded in 1949, FISU (International University Sports Federation) is an organisation dedicated to university sport and the promotion of excellence in mind and body. FISU has three core properties, the Summer and Winter Universiade and the World University Championships. The Summer and Winter Universiade are international sporting and cultural festivals held every two years and gathering student athletes aged 17-28 from over 170 countries and 50 countries for the Summer and Winter Universiade respectively; the Universiade are second only to the Olympic Games in terms of number of participating athletes and countries represented.
The Summer Universiade consists of 12 compulsory sports (Athletics – Basketball – Fencing – Football – Artistic & Rhythmic Gymnastics – Swimming – Diving – Water Polo – Tennis – Table Tennis – Judo – Volleyball) and the Winter Universiade consists of 7 compulsory sports ((Alpine Skiing – Nordic Skiing – Ice Hockey – Short-Track Speed Skating – Figure Skating – Curling) with each host city having a number of optional sports for inclusion in the programme. FISU’s other important sporting events are the World University Championships (WUC). In 2012, FISU staged 28 WUCs, which attracted over 5,000 participants from a total of 105 countries. In addition to our existing broadcast agreements, FISU’s new long-term multimedia partnership with Eurosport will bring 60 hours of live HD broadcast for each Summer Universiade, 40 hours in HD for each Winter Universiade and greater exposure for all FISU properties through the monthly TV magazine, Campus.For more info or pictures, do not hesitate to contact FISU Media department at firstname.lastname@example.org or surf to www.fisu.net.
For Tissot, “In touch with your time” is far more than an advertising claim. This phrase expresses the brand’s DNA; its proven dedication to being perfectly in tune with the technology and tastes of each era. Tissot has been growing and developing its tradition of innovation since 1853. From the early days to the present, in its home in Le Locle in the Swiss Jura Mountains, Tissot has translated craftsmanship and precision into stylish timepieces now sold in more than 160 countries around the world. Special materials, advanced functionality and meticulous design detail join forces to create the luxury of accessibility. Tissot is a member of the Swatch Group, the world’s largest watch producer and distributor of Swiss watches, as well as Official Timekeeper and Partner of MotoGPTM, FIM Superbike, FIBA, AFL, RBS 6 Nations Rugby and the World Championships of cycling, fencing and ice hockey. With the latest innovations in its communication and product, Tissot presents impressive proof of its signature, “Innovators by Tradition“.