This was the second official visit by the parent body, having inspected the diving arena at Grugabad, Essen, in March earlier this year.
The Chairman of the Badminton Technical Committee of the FISU Bastian Kruse, following the visit, was satisfied with the status of the venue, preparations and the organisational capabilities.
“This is our first technical visit of Mülheim, the heart and soul of German badminton. Mülheim is well-known worldwide for organising badminton events and we are here to work together. I am sure that the Westenergie Sports Hall will provide excellent conditions for the badminton competitions at the Rhine-Ruhr FISU World University Games. I look forward to working well with the organizing committee and partners to develop an innovative, forward-looking event design." said Kruse.
Wilfried Jörres, Vice President, German Badminton Association, who was also present during the tour, assured his federation’s full support to the Games.
“We are very happy to be part of the Rhine-Ruhr FISU World University Games. We want to be the best partner as we have done during other world-class and international events hosted here. We are looking forward to it as it will be another chance for us to showcase ourselves as the perfect hosts,” said Wilfried.
Rhine-Ruhr 2025 CEO Stefan Kürten asserted, “The inspection visits by the FISU are very important to us as the organizing committee. They show us whether we are on the right track and in which areas, there are still conceptual or organisational challenges. We appreciate the feedback from the FISU and look forward to the close cooperation!”
Sina Diekmann, Chief Sport Officer, said: “The visit was very fruitful for both sides. The FISU delegates explained the specific requirements for badminton competitions to us very well and in detail. This will help us now to work out the short- and long-term timetables.”