During the 3rd FISU Gala at the Taipei City Hall on 18 August, Belgian decathlete Thomas Van der Plaetsen was honoured with a FISU Award for his remarkable contribution to the development of university sport.

Belgian decathlete Thomas Van der Plaetsen, a double Universiade champion (2013 & 2015 and 2016 European Champion) was awarded ‘Best Male Athlete’.

“It feels very nice to win this award. I knew I was invited, and they just told me that there is a surprise for me. Both of my Universiades experiences are very important to me. Now I’m happy to be here, not as an athlete, just enjoying the city and being there for the Belgian athletes.”