Chungcheong Megacity Announced as Host of 2027 FISU World University Games Summer
Meeting in Brussels on November 12, the Executive Committee of FISU attributed the hosting of the summer edition of the 2027 FISU World University Games to Chungcheong, South Korea. The decision followed a rigorous selection process that saw Chungcheong vie with North Carolina for the chance to host FISU’s flagship event.
Both candidates had submitted very strong proposals. FISU's visits to both potential hosts revealed excellent facilities, widespread support and cultures of university sports excellence.
"FISU offers its sincere congratulations to Chungcheong. Korea has a proud tradition of university sport and will, I am sure, be an ideal place for the world’s best university athletes to come together in peaceful celebration in the summer of 2027," said FISU Acting President Leonz Eder. "Chungcheong 2027 has the potential to be a very special FISU World University Games, making a lasting contribution to university sport."
The Chungcheong 2027 FISU World University Games will be held for 18 sports across 31 venues. 30 of these either currently exist, are already planned or will be temporary. The candidacy demonstrated a carefully-considered approach to the legacy that has already seen the facilities of the Gwangju 2015 FISU World University Games become widely used and appreciated.
"All of us who have worked so hard to make our candidacy successful are beyond delighted. This opportunity means so much to Korean university sport and to Chungcheong. This will be the first major event to be hosted in our megacity and we are certain we will deliver an excellent FISU World University Games," said Yoon-suk Kim, Secretary General of the Chungcheong 2027 Bid Committee.
"While FISU could only name one host for the 2027 FISU World University Games today, FISU is deeply grateful to both candidates for their commitment to international university sport," added Leonz Eder. "While Chungcheong is today's choice for 2027, we would be delighted to have North Carolina as a host for the FISU World University Games in the future at the first available opportunity. FISU would like to thank both candidates for their professionalism and for the sporting way in which they have conducted themselves throughout the process."
The FISU World University Games have been successfully hosted since 1959, when they debuted in Torino. Forthcoming hosts already working to deliver the FISU World University Games are Lake Placid and Chengdu for 2023, followed by Torino and the Rhine-Ruhr region in 2025.
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Edited by Wu Cuiyao