The FISU World University Games are staged every two years in a different city. This celebration of international university sports and culture draws many thousands of student-athletes together to compete, making it among the world's largest and most prestigious multi-sport events.
Embracing the FISU motto of "Today's Stars, Tomorrow's Leaders," the summer edition of the FISU World University Games incorporate educational and cultural aspects, encouraging student-athletes from around the world to combine high sports performance with their intellectual pursuits.
The twelve-day FISU World University Games competition programme includes fifteen compulsory sports. The number of compulsory sports has been increased several times. In 2019, the list of compulsory sports was expanded as Archery became part of the programme. In 2021, Badminton also becomes a compulsory sport.
To stay at the forefront of sports development and innovation, organisers may also include up to three optional sports from the FISU Recognised Sports list and the FISU World University Championships programme into their event. These sports must come from the list of the World University Championships (WUC) sports programme. In the beginning, organisers of Universiades tended to choose more than three optional sports. For example, in Shenzhen (CHN), Kazan (RUS) and Gwangju (KOR), the total number of sports featured at the events reached 24, 27 and 21, respectively. To reduce the magnitude of hosting a FISU World University Games event for future candidate cities, FISU now holds optional sports to no more than three at each event edition.
Key Facts and Figures about the FISU World University Games summer edition
-The largest global multi-sports event for student-athletes
-12 days of sports competitions
-More than 10,000 student-athletes and officials from over 150 countries/regions
-15 compulsory sports and up to 3 optional sports
-Broadcast to more than 100 countries/regions, drawing over 300 million viewers