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World University Championships

 

The World University Championships (WUC) are part of the sporting events of the International University Sports Federation. Alternating with the Summer and Winter Universiades, they are organised every even-numbered year. The first FISU World University Championship was organised in the city of Lund (SWE) in 1963 and welcomed the best student handball players of the time. 2013 marked the 50th anniversary of the World University Championships, withe celebrations throughout the year.
Unlike the Universiade, the World University Championships are multiple mono-sport events, the organisation of which is delegated to a National University Sports Federation (NUSF), and then to a city and an Organising Committee. Organising a World University Championship gives a city, and often a university, a chance to host an international major sporting event without being a big and rich city. The attribution process of the FISU WUCs starts with a call for candidature. Candidate NUSFs are required to provide a bidding dossier examined by the FISU Executive Committee, which after deliberation attributes the WUC to the chosen NUSF and city.

 

WUC Organisation

Within the FISU chart, the World University Championship Department is in charge of all administrative and logistical issues. It serves as a link between the different Organising Committees, delegations and international sports federation. 

In addition of this team, an International Technical Committee (CTI), chaired by Mr. Leonz Eder (SUI) and composed of technical experts (CT Chairs) for each sport, is in charge of assisting and following up all the technical sport-related matters.

 

The World University Championships, the sports lab of FISU

According to FISU's way of working, the World University Championships are the gateway to its sports programme. Indeed, the integration of a sport into a FISU event is made through the World University Championships programme, following a specific procedure. This enables FISU to experiment and implement new activities. In 2012 netball is on the FISU sports programme for the first time, offering top student-players the opportunity to take part in a worldwide tournament. Given that the WUCs take place every two years, FISU can evaluate the popularity and evolution of sports, and contribute to the development of some practices. As an example, from 2012 FISU is a key partner of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) in the development and promotion of a new discipline: basketball 3x3.
After a sport has been steadily included into the World University Championships programme, it can apply to become part of the Universiade programme. This process enables FISU to evaluate the interest of its member associations in given sports, as was the case with judo, table tennis and more recently taekwondo.

 

WUC Sports programme

The programme of the World University Championships is subject to change and currently includes 37 sports.

In order to be as complete as possible, it includes:

  • Individual/ team sports
  • Indoor/ outdoor sports
  • Mind sports
  • Summer/ winter sports

 

The complete sports programme is the following:

 

Archery

Equestrian*

Sailing

Squash

Ski Orienteering

Badminton

Hockey

Netball


Cheerleading

Baseball

Canoe Sprint*

Nordic Combined

Triathlon

Modern Pentathlon

3x3 Basketball

Canoe Slalom & Wildwater

Orienteering

Waterski

 Muay Thai

Beach Volleyball*

Floorball

Rowing

Woodball

 Wushu

Boxing

Futsal

Rugby Sevens

Wrestling

 Korfball

Bridge

Golf

Savate

Weightlifting

 Roller Sports

Chess

Handball

Ski Jumping

American Football

 

Cross Country

Karate

Softball

 Sambo

 

Cycling

Speed Skating

Shooting Sports

 Sport Climbing

 

 

 

WUC Programme for 2016

1

3x3 Basketball

Xiamen

CHN   

22 - 24 November

2016

2

American Football

Monterrey

MEX

01 - 11 June

2016

3

Archery

Ulaanbaatar

MGL

01 - 05 June

2016

4

Badminton

Ramenskoe

RUS

12 - 18 September

2016

5

Baseball

Raleigh Durham

USA

24 July - 02 August

2016

6

Beach Volleyball

Parnu

EST

13 - 17 July

2016

7

Boxing

Chiang Mai

THA

03 - 08 October

2016

8

Bridge

Lodz

POL

22 - 28 August

2016

9

Canoe Sprint

Cuemanco

MEX

24 - 27 September

2016

10

Chess

Abu Dhabi

UAE

09 - 15 April

2016

11

Cross Country

Cassino

ITA

12 March

2016

12

Cycling

Tagaytay

PHI

23 - 27 March

2016

13

Equestrian

Flyinge

SWE

29 June - 02 July

2016

14

Floorball

Porto

POR

19 - 24 July

2016

15

Futsal

Goiania

BRA

22 - 29 August

2016

16

Golf

Brive-la-Gaillarde

FRA

23 - 26 June

2016

17

Handball

Malaga

ESP

27 June - 03 July

2016

18

Karate

Braga

POR

10 - 13 August

2016

19

Netball

Miami

USA

13 - 17 July

2016

20

Orienteering

Miskolc

HUN

30 July - 04 August

2016

21

Rowing

Poznan

POL

02 - 04 September

2016

22

Rugby Sevens

Swansea

GBR

07 - 09 July

2016

23

Sailing

Perth

AUS

24 - 30 September

2016

24

Sambo

Larnaca

CYP

09 - 11 December

2016

25

Shooting Sport

tbc

tbc

tbc

tbc

26

Ski Orienteering

Tula

RUS

11 - 16 February

2016

27

Speed Skating

Basselga di Pine

ITA

03 - 06 March

2016

28

Sport Climbing

Shanghai

CHN

12 - 16 October

2016

29

Squash

Kuala Lumpur

MAS

05 - 11 September

2016

30

Triathlon

Nyon

SUI

07 August

 2016

31

Waterski

Akita

JPN

07 - 11 September

2016

32

Weigthlifting

Monterrey

MEX

13 - 17 November

2016

33

Woodball

Taipei City

TPE

21 - 26 October

2016

34

Wrestling

Corum

TUR

25 - 30 October

2016

Contact

You may contact the FISU World University Championships Department through different channels:
Mail: championships@fisu.net
Facebook: FISU World University Championships
Internet: www.fisu.net/World University Championships

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