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The AS UdL is the leading French University Sports Association in the FFSU MAIF Challenge

On The April 30, 2019

After the official awards ceremony for being the number-one French University Sports Association, which was held on April 6, in Paris, the Université de Lyon celebrated its sports teams’ success on Tuesday, April 30. During this evening, in attendance of the members of the club and many high-level athletes, Khaled Bouabdallah, the President of the Université de Lyon, and Dany Davesne, the President of the AS, gave a retrospective of the club’s achievements.

Founded a bit over a year ago, the Université de Lyon’s Sports Association already boasts impressive titles: 25 titles of champion of France, including titles for teams in various disciplines, a medal at the European Championships (bronze medal for rowing, men’s coxless fours team) and two rock climbing world championships medals (men’s silver and women’s bronze).

These results have led to the AS receiving the distinction of 1st sports association in France at the 2018 National Challenge for the French Federation of University Sports (FFSU) MAIF. Following the awards ceremony in Paris on April 6, 2019, the Université de Lyon held its own ceremony on April 30.

Each title won by the Université de Lyon’s Sports Association contributes to making our site more attractive. “We extend our congratulations for the success and awards celebrating the athletes’ hard work. By winning the 2018 MAIF National Challenge for FFSU (Fédération française de sport universitaire) sports associations, the Lyon site has demonstrated its athletic excellence and the strong commitment of our athletes,

said Khaled Bouabdallah, President of the Université de Lyon during his speech.

The evening also provided an opportunity to meet the young talents in the AS UdL. One of these is Leïla Guermit, 2018 world champion in Namibia with the Women’s French University Rugby Sevens Team, and Nicolas Stender, who has been Rowing University Champion of France twice.

At this occasion, Khaled Bouabdallah and Dany Davesne officially signed the agreement to build a new University Judo Center, attended by Pierre Berat, Regional Councilor for Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes and President of the “Higher Education and Research” Commission.

Photo credits: Vincent Moncorgé