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As the news surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to persist, your health and well-being are our top priority. We are monitoring the situation with our 2020 local event organising committees, whilst also maintaining communication with our National University Sports Federations (NUSF) and relevant international sports governing bodies to safeguard student-athletes, officials and organisers.


In the interest of protecting staff during this complex, unprecedented and developing pandemic, FISU had instructed all employees to work from home, from the afternoon of Friday 13 March onwards. Staff are back in the office on alternate days, from the beginning of September 2020. 


While there have been no reported cases of the coronavirus among the FISU staff, the federation has cancelled all meetings at the FISU HQ, as well as all missions abroad, at least until 15 September 2020. Our staff are doing their best to ensure smooth running of work and remain at your disposal during the same working hours. Do not hesitate to reach us by email on  


As part of our ongoing efforts to keep you informed and up to date regarding the impact of COVID-19 on university sports, all major decisions and notable developments will be posted here, on this page.


FISU Activities During COVID Infographic



The World Health Organisation (WHO) has labelled the coronavirus outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. We are working with the FISU International Medical Committee, in partnership with leading health and safety organisations, and through our National and Continental Member Associations to keep you safe and informed. Please follow the WHO’s advice and come back here for further updates.


The WHO recommends that you continue to follow the measures below to reduce the general risk of transmission of acute respiratory infections:

  • Avoid close contact with people suffering from acute respiratory infections

  • Wash your hands frequently, especially after direct contact with ill people or their environment

  • Avoid unprotected contact with farm or wild animals

  • People with symptoms of acute respiratory infection should practise cough etiquette – maintain distance, cover coughs and sneezes with disposable tissues or clothing, and wash their hands.




Your welfare is a top priority for FISU, and we are working with International and National Health Organisations to make the best decisions during this time — and most importantly to ensure your safety during this crucial period.


To date, several FISU events have been cancelled or postponed, including the 2020 FISU World University Championships in Cross-Country, Ski Orienteering, and the last competition day of Speed Skating. On the educational, emerging sports leaders front, the FISU Volunteer Leaders Academy has been postponed until September. In the coming days and weeks, more event cancellations can be expected.





The latest news from the World Health Organisation on protecting yourself, with country and technical guidance


Rolling updates on the coronavirus disease (COVID-19)


This is the World Health Organisation’s free interactive, web-based, knowledge-transfer platform that offers online courses to improve the response to health emergencies such as COVID-19. Courses are provided in multiple languages.


Timely, trusted advice curated by the World Health Organisation during public health events. Includes advice and information on myth-busting to spread facts not myths, travel and tourism, and topics on general health protection.


The WEF COVID Action Platform addresses the crisis in the following ways: Activate the global community for collective action; improving coordination of the glocal community; sharing insights and best practices.


A scientific review of evidence focused on mitigating the psychological consequences people face during a quarantine. Presented by The Lancet Microbe, an open access journal focused on clinical microbiology.