The sixth edition of the International Day of University Sport (IDUS) on 20 September, 2021 was celebrated worldwide with many activities related to university sports. The international event, proclaimed by UNESCO, celebrates the University Sport Movement and promotes health and well-being for university sport communities. FISU also encourages its members to organise activities and share their celebrations in order to raise awareness about the day itself.
Here is a round-up of how different regions celebrated IDUS all around the globe!
The official governing body of University Sport in South Africa held a webinar on IDUS with six student leaders on the topic of “The role of Student Leaders in the development of Sport in South African universities”. In addition, a netball tournament took place and was livestreamed for all to watch.
FISU America organised continental games, which included several virtual challenges in celebration of IDUS. The activities were played in collaboration with athletes, leaders, coaches and anyone who wished to join. The challenges were held from 16-21 September with the theme of “playing to celebrate”.
The AUSF celebrated IDUS by hosting the second edition of the AUSF Run Challenge on 19-21 September. Sixteen thousand participants from nine member federations of the People's Republic of China, Hong Kong (China), India, Republic of Korea, Macau (China), Singapore, Malaysia and Chinese Taipei took part of the virtual race. All university students, faculties and NUSF staff from AUSF member federations were welcome to participate in this event. Each team comprises four persons from the same NUSF, regardless of age, gender and ethnicity.
Each of them finished their own share of the total distance and completed 20.21 kilometres together. They ran together at one location or ran separately at different locations. To better view the results, participants needed to download an application to record the whole process of their running, screenshot their results and submit it to the respective NUSF. All participants whose team completes the required distance successfully were awarded certificates of participation.
The German University Sports Federation (adh) hosted the second edition of the adh-Hochschullauf together with their health care partner Die Techniker and several other sponsors. Similarly to last year, participants were asked to walk or run the length of their choice within a maximum of one hour with the result counting for the individual class, as well as for the their (or former) university. In order to move as many people as possible, alumni from universities and university staff were invited participate in the challenge.
While adh counted 473 people running for last year’s inaugural event, 600 people have been willing to run on IDUS this year. Participants were able to choose the timing (6AM to 10PM) and the location as only their result was taken into consideration.
The Oceanian University Sports Association organised a competition for their university clubs and student associations with a gift of 500 AUSD to win. They were invited to organise an event or activity on campus or online on 20 September and share their videos and photos on social media to raise awareness on sports activity in universities.
Also, FISU launched IDUS photo challenge on 2 September, which will last until 30 September. The Colours of IDUS Photo Challenge is an online contest with a special prize at the end: a solo media kit for the winner. Each participant is invited to share a picture of their celebration of IDUS colours, while promoting a sport activity. You can still participate in the challenge to have a chance to win the special prize as more information can be found here.
As seen here, IDUS was celebrated all around the globe where so many organisations, universities, communities and individuals have shared so many pictures and articles of their IDUS celebrations. There are even more contributions to IDUS and university sport worldwide not captured here, but FISU would like to thank everyone who showed their colours and made IDUS 2021 a success, as well as those who contribute to university sport all year round.