Today, the International University Sports Federation (FISU), the Federation of University Sports of China (FUSC) and the Organising Committee of Chengdu 2021 FISU World University Games jointly announced that Chengdu 2021 FISU World University Games, originally scheduled to be held in Chengdu, Sichuan Province of China in August 2021, will be postponed to 2022 due to global COVID-19 situation and international travel restrictions at present with rescheduled dates to be agreed by relative bodies. The name, Chengdu 2021 FISU World University Games and its logo will be retained.
Many of the elite athletes expected to compete during Chengdu 2021 have been able to train, albeit with some interruptions, throughout the pandemic. Many, however, have not as university campuses and sports facilities have faced lengthy closures. Furthermore, the FISU Executive Committee felt the likely improvements in the public health situation over the next year would be such that an event in 2022 would be considerably more likely to offer the formative experience that FISU aims to deliver. This approach is fully aligned with FISU’s goal of positively shaping the leaders of the future through their experience of international university sport.
The decision from FISU, FUSC and the Organising Committee is aiming to protect the safety and health of all people involved including athletes and the citizens. FISU, FUSC and the Organising Committee will continue to promote the preparation and ensure successful FISU Games.