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NCAA teams, athletes showcase their opportunity on global stage at World University Games

Some of the planet’s most gifted college athletes are converging this month on Taipei, Taiwan, for the 29th World University Summer Games. More than 300 student-athletes representing more than 70 NCAA member schools are part of delegations that will compete for gold, silver and bronze as well as spread awareness of the American college athletics model.

Opening ceremonies for the second-largest multisport event on the globe — only the Olympics are bigger — are scheduled for Aug. 19. In 2017, athletes from 131 countries will compete among 22 sports.

The biennial World University Games are organized by the International University Sports Federation, best known as FISU, and began in 1959. The NCAA and FISU recently pledged closer collaboration to benefit student-athletes all around the world.

“It was very clear from our meeting that both FISU and the NCAA share a common mission — using the positive values of sport to help students achieve their full potential,” said FISU President Oleg Matytsin.

As an initial step toward developing a shared understanding of the benefits of university sports, NCAA President Mark Emmert will attend the 2017 World University Games. While there, Emmert will contribute to a FISU conference that will bring together university sports leaders and experts from around the world.

“As stewards of athletics at the world’s colleges and universities, our organizations must continue to create the positive experiences and opportunities for students to not only compete but also learn through sports,” said Emmert.

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