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The 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. The contest was led by Italy, Poland and the Netherlands. Traditionally strong in this discipline, the Polish distinguished themselves on several occasions, and finally staged the edition on their home ground in Poznan in 1992, which proved another magnificent success in terms of spectator support. 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.
In 1989, the city of Zagreb staged the WUC at Jarun, a very nice site where the 1987 Summer Universiade had been held. In this championship 217 male and 74 female rowers from 23 countries took part. This strong participation level demonstrated how booming this sport was within FISU. In 2000, a rowing regatta was organised in the Polish city of Poznan, where 294 participants were present. The new millennium almost doubled the number of participating athletes and in 2006 in Trakai (LTU), 259 male and 99 female rowers achieved their best results.

FISU Regulations

The rowing competitions shall be organised in accordance with the most recent technical regulations of the “Fédération internationale des sociétés d'aviron” (FISA). In any dispute the French text shall be regarded as authoritative, except for the regulation concerning the coxswains, who may be of either gender for the FISU World University Championships.

The programme and duration of competitions are fixed by the Executive Committee in agreement with the Organising Committee and the CTI. The competitions shall last two (2) days and include the following events, following the Avis de régates:

  • Single sculls (M1x)
  • Double sculls (M2x)
  • Pair (M2-)
  • Four (M4-)
  • Eight (M8+)
  • Lightweight Single Sculls (LM1x)
  • Lightweight Double sculls (LM2x)
  • Lightweight Four (LM4-)


  • Single sculls (W1x)
  • Double sculls (W2x)
  • Four (W4-)
  • Lightweight Single sculls (LW1x)
  • Lightweight Double sculls (LW2x)


Each country is authorised to present a maximum of one (1) crew per event.
The delegation may include officials in proportion to the number of participants entered as follows:
- up to nine (9) participants two (2) officials
- up to twenty (20) participants four (4) officials
- over twenty (20) participants five (5) officials

At the first General Technical Meeting, the Head of Delegation or his/her representative shall confirm and sign the official list of competitors accredited by the CIC.

The Organising Committee guarantees that it will provide the necessary boats to participants coming from a continent other than the one of the host country.


Competition and Training Facilities

Type of Venue Number of Venues Changing Room Competitors Changing Room TOJR* Spectator Seating Press and Media Seating
Outdoor Facilities 1 Gender Segregated X 2,000 50


*TOJR Technical Officials, Judges and Referees

Next Events

2016 - 14th WUC Rowing - Poznan (POL)

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FISU Technical Delegates

Matthew DRAPER (SUI)

Kristopher GRUDT (USA)



Previous Events

2014 - 13th WUC Rowing - Gravelines (FRA)

2013 - 27th Summer Universiade - Kazan (RUS) - Rowing Optional Sport

2012 - 12th WUC Rowing - Kazan (RUS)

2010 - 11th WUC Rowing - Szeged (HUN)

2009 - 25th Summer Universiade - Belgrade (SRB) - Rowing Optional Sport

2008 - 10th WUC Rowing - Belgrade (SRB)

2006 - 9th WUC Rowing - Trakai (LTU)

2004 - 8th WUC Rowing - Brive-la-Gaillarde (FRA)

2002 - 7th WUC Rowing - Nottingham (GBR)

2000 - 6th WUC Rowing - Poznan (POL)

1998 - 5th WUC Rowing - Zagreb (CRO)

1994 - 4th WUC Rowing - Groningen (NED)

1993 - 17th Summer Universiade – Buffalo (USA) - Rowing Optional Sport

1992 - 3rd WUC Rowing - Poznan (POL)

1989 - 15th Summer Universiade - Duisburg (GER) - Rowing Optional Sport

1987 - 14th Summer Universiade - Zagreb (YUG) - Rowing Optional Sport

1986 - 2nd WUC Rowing - Amsterdam (NED)

1984 - 1st WUC Rowing - Milano (ITA)

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