International University Sports Federation
The International University Sports Federation (FISU) is responsible for the organisation and governance of worldwide sports competitions for student-athletes between the ages of 17 and 25. It was founded in 1949 in Lausanne (Switzerland) as the world governing body of national university sports organisations and now has 174 member associations (National University Sport Federations) from five continents.
FISU stages its events every two years. They organise the Summer and Winter World University Games, World University Championships, and University World Cup.
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FISU World University Games
The FISU World University Games are staged every two years in a different city. It is the largest global multi-sports event for student-athletes, which has summer and winter editions.
The 12-day FISU World University Games competition programme includes 15 compulsory sports. To stay at the forefront of sports development and innovation, organisers may also include up to 3 optional sports from the FISU Recognised Sports list and the FISU World University Championships programme into their event.
The 1st Summer Universiade was held in Turin, Italy in 1959, and the 31st Summer World University Games will be held in Chengdu, China in June 2022.
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International Day of University Sport
An annual tradition since 2016, the 20th of September is the International Day of University Sport (IDUS). Officially proclaimed by the United Nations Education, Science and Culture Organisation (UNESCO), this celebration helps create links between universities and their local communities with sport, physical activity and healthy living playing the leading role.
Through this event, FISU involves multiple university sports stakeholders and member organisations in IDUS activities, not only as a way to promote its sports events but also to create a debate on university sport and to promote FISU values. IDUS is a platform to exchange ideas, best practices, challenges and opportunities within and through university sport worldwide.
The day of celebration presents an opportunity to share knowledge on key issues relating to the development of sport and the University Sports Movement worldwide, and to improve awareness of the importance of sport in educational institutions, as well as FISU’s mission, current programmes, policies and priorities.
How many World University Games have been held in China?
Beijing hosted the 21st Summer Universiade in 2001, which was the first time China hosted a FISU World University Games and the first time China held a world-class multi-sport event. 10 years later, the 26th Summer Universiade was held again in China, and this time was in Shenzhen. Harbin, the capital city of northeast China's Heilongjiang province, hosted the 24th Winter Universiade in 2009.