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FISU World University Championships cancelled for 2020

14 July 2020

FISU announces the cancellation of its World University Championship events till the end of the year 2020, due to the prevailing global situation regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

 LAUSANNE, Switzerland ― Following discussions between the International University Sports Federation (FISU) and respective Organising Committees of the 2020 World University Championships, the FISU Steering Committee has confirmed the cancellation of the following 2020 World University Championships:


  • Weightlifting from 20 to 24 October in Gangjin (KOR)

  • Wrestling from 27 October to 1 November in Nizhny Novgorod (RUS)

  • Karate from 5 to 8 November in Brasilia (BRA)

  • Badminton from 16 to 22 November in Bangkok (THA)


“Since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, FISU has done its best to protect all athletes and participants of its events,” FISU Secretary General & CEO Eric Saintrond wrote in a communication to the FISU member federations. “This year has proven to be very challenging in many aspects of our daily life and has had many consequences in the world of sports.”


“Although the cancellation of our World University Championships has not been an easy decision to make, recent status updates have shown us that we must continue to remain cautious and not take any risk, with regards to the organisation of events,” continued Saintrond.


“Moreover, after careful analysis and discussion with the International Federations and Continental University Sports Federations, the FISU Steering Committee decided that, given the tight international sports calendar in 2021, no 2020 World University Championship will be postponed to next year,” wrote Saintrond.


The FISU World University Games, Winter and Summer editions, as well as many other FISU events are scheduled to take place in 2021. The International University Sports Federation thanks all its member federations, Organising Committees and other stakeholders and partners for their continued support and contribution to the University Sports Movement.