The Panathlon Antwerp Sports Personality 2020 is awarded posthumously to Prof. Dr. Alain Verschoren, honorary rector of the University of Antwerp. The laureate received this title for his commitment and great contribution to university sport. Alain Verschoren was not only extremely popular within the University of Antwerp, he was also a prominent member of the Panathlon International family. Alain Verschoren was, as Chairman of the University of Antwerp & Panathlon Drawing and Photo Contests, an eminent ambassador of fair play in university sport. The award was received by his wife, Lin Van de Cruys.
On 16 December 2020, the PCU Committee acknowledged with the highest respect the acceptance of the Chairmanship of the PCU Drawing and Photo Contests by Prof. Dr. Herman Van Goethem, successor of Alain Verschoren as rector of the University of Antwerp. The acceptance, as endorsed by the PCU Committee Executive Board last week, memorializes profoundly the legacy within the University of Antwerp of Alain Verschoren as ambassador of fair play in university sport. Alain Verschoren passed away unexpectedly on 27 November 2020.
As a token of commemoration to Prof. Dr. Alain Verschoren, who passed away unexpectedly on 27 november 2020, the PCU Committee Executive Board decided unanimously, in accordance with his wife Lin Van De Cruys and the University of Antwerp, to name the awards connected to the PCU Drawing and Photo Contests after Alain Verschoren.
As rector of the University of Antwerp (Belgium), Alain Verschoren was the driving force behind the establishment of the drawing and photo contests in 2016. He acted as the first chairman of both contests. The first Alain Verschoren Awards will be presented to the winners of the 2020 contests.
The report of the PCU Fair Play Initiative 2020 is available on our website.
Based on this survey, we can conclude that almost all respondents recognized the importance of Fair Play in University Sport, but not all have the opportunity to implement Fair Play Initiatives at their institutions (especially now in Covid-19 situation).
This makes promoting Fair Play in University Sport and supporting university fair play initiatives even more important than ever. As a result, the PCU Committee will continue to support universities worldwide in their aim to develop Fair Play initiatives.
A new year has begun! The PCU Committee hopes 2021 will bring a return of (physical) interuniversity sports and looks forward to organizing the 2021 PCU events largely on venue. However the online aspect to each competition will remain, also in post-Covid times. By February our website will be updated with the information for all 2021 events. Stay tuned for more news the coming weeks!
A solemn Awarding Ceremony of the Enrico Prandi Fair Play Trophy 2020 to the Financial University under the Government of the Russian Federation for the project “Remote Walking ” was held on 24 december at the Financial University Rector’s Office. The PCU Secretary General Gabriel Kotchofa also presented awards to the winning students of the Chess and PIUTT Tennis competitions. The partner parties expressed gratitude to each other, discussed further cooperation and congratulated on the upcoming holidays.
The prestigious Enrico Prandi Trophy is this year awarded to a university highlighting in the best possible way the importance of Fair Play in university sport. The PCU Committee Executive Committee decided on 14 December to award the 2020 Enrico Prandi Trophy to the Financial university under the Government of the Russian Federation (Moscow, Russia) for the initiative “Remote Walking”.
The “Remote Walking” project was held in May this year among the faculties of the Financial University. 260 students from 17 faculties took part in the competition. During 3 weeks athletes sent screenshots of their daily steps and interaction and friendship between students was stimulated, resulting in a Fair Play environment the PCU Committee encourages strongly.
The winner of the competition was determined by the number of points scored by the whole team. At the end of the competition, the University Sports Club awarded the best team and the best athletes, also “Fair Play” trophies were awarded.
The Sports Club took the unprecedented step by significantly increasing the number of individual prizes for competitors to participate due to the successful results.
To reach its decision, the PCU EC argues this project is an excellent initiative for promotion of inclusiveness and Fair Play promotion, as well as popularizing physical culture and sports in a student environment, especially during quarantine.
Yuri Izgorodin, the chief specialist of the Sports Club of the Financial University and the organizer of the “Remote Walking” competition, also proposed the idea to hold the same initiative on an international platform.
Congratulations to Financial University!
PCU Committee mourns passing of Alain Verschoren
The Committee of Panathlon Clubs of Universities is deeply saddened to hear about the demise of Alain Verschoren, Chairman of the PCU Drawing and Photo Contests, at the age of sixty-six. His wife Lin Van De Cruys informed the PCU Committee leadership of his passing in Tenerife, Spain.
Prof. Dr. Alain Verschoren was a former Dean of the faculty of mathematics at the Belgian University of Antwerp and Rector at the same university from 2008 until 2016. In 2016 Alain Verschoren became Chairman of the University of Antwerp and Panathlon Drawing Contest and in 2019 he became also the Chairman of the University of Antwerp and Panathlon Photo Contest.
“It is a personal grief that we feel upon hearing this tragic news,” said PCU Committee President Peter Verboven. “His presence and contribution to our movement will be missed. Our thoughts are with his family.”
Does your University have a project or other activity that promotes Fair Play in university sport? Or are you planning one? Then this is a great chance to highlight and promote it with a prestigious award. The Enrico Prandi Trophy is unique in the world of university sport and the highest merit a university can achieve in relation to ethics in university sport. Simply register this through our website. No fee required. Deadline: Saturday 21 November!