On April 11th, 2016 SSU held a meeting of the University’s administration and the delegation of the Ministry of Youth and Sports of Ukraine headed by First Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports of Ukraine, President of Ukrainian Athletic Federation Ihor Hotsul. He began the meeting by emphasizing the fact that Ministry of Youth and Sports of Ukraine shows a deep interest in cooperation with Sumy State University.

The Head of Sumy Regional State Administration Department of Youth and Sports Dmytro Lantushenko, President of Sumy Regional Athletic Federation Volodymyr Pidlisnyi, head coach of Ukraine National Athletics Team Viacheslav Tyrtyshnyk and other officials from the Ministry and Ukrainian Athletic Federation participated in the working meeting.

SSU Rector Anatoliy Vasylyev, referring to the great wish to cooperate with the Ministry has noted that it ‘is based on three pillars’: ‘The first one is that sport for the University – one of the main priorities among its activities; the second one is the Athletics complex, which will become SSU structural division in the nearest future; the third one is the introduction of our new major in Sports and the Center for Sports Medicine. We are just beginning our work. Today we want to show you our opportunities.’

Vice-rector for scientific and pedagogic work Oleksandr Brizhatyi and a teacher of SSU medical Institute Yurii Ataman, Doctor of Medical Science, made presentations on providing the training activity of Center for Olympic training, the list of restoring works for the Athletics complex, and the project of medical and biological support for highly professional athletes.

Discussing the ways of cooperation and projects’ funding, Ihor Hotsul has said: ‘If there’s an idea, and, most importantly, a system, money will come along. You have all the factors and we will continue to talk about the implementation of these plans into reality. Sumy State University has all the possibilities to combine many fields – IT technology, engineering, medicine, mechanics and others – in order to achieve the goals.’

SSU Rector has announced his strategic considerations: ‘We need to gain the support of the Ministry of Youth and Sports for the next steps. There’s the action plan, and we will gradually implement it.’

During the meeting the expertise work evaluation was held in order to prepare the Athletics complex for certification in accordance with international standards. The number of other important issues was also discussed, including the order for software development for Ukrainian Athletic Federation.

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