History of Rowing in FISU
After two successful editions of the International University Rowing Championships staged by CUSI and the city of Milan in 1980 and 1982, FISU undertook this sport on a world scale. It was Italy that put up its candidature for staging of the first World University Rowing Championship in 1984 in Milan. This first edition had a great success, welcoming 177 male and female rowers from 14 countries and regions. The contest was led by Italy, Poland and the Netherlands. This sport is often included in the Summer Universiade programme. Indeed, in 1987, 1989, 1993 and 2009, it featured as an optional sport in the Summer Universiades in Zagreb, Duisburg, Buffalo and Belgrade respectively. Rowing is a university sport par excellence. Everyone is familiar with the legendary Oxford-Cambridge Boat Race held on the River Thames. But we must not forget that nearly 50 percent of rowers taking part in civil events are university students or are associated with university. This is why some people consider it paradoxical that the sport is not included in the compulsory Summer Universiade programme.