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FISU claims strong interest under reformed bidding process

Hungary's Viktor Viola in the 2018 WUC Canoe Sprint 500m finals (by FISU)

The International University Sports Federation (FISU) has said it will field interest from over 40 prospective host cities this week as part of its revamped bidding strategy for the World University Championships (WUC) and University World Cups (UWC).

Representatives from the prospective host cities for the 2022 and 2024 seasons will present their bids at FISU headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland. In August, FISU launched a new bidding strategy for the WUC and UWC that opened up double attribution opportunities for the events.

The WUCs and UWCs are FISU’s single sport and cluster competitions that take place every alternate year, barring the University World Cup 3×3 basketball tournament, which is held annually. Through the Championships, FISU collaborates with international sports federations to test new formats and enhance sports delivery and innovation.

Double attribution was made possible following a decision by the FISU Executive Committee earlier this year and the federation has named some of the prospective venues that are in the mix.

New York’s winter sports destination Lake Placid will host the 2023 winter Universiade, and in the lead-up, is looking to stage Championships as test events ahead of FISU’s multi-sport showpiece.

South and Central America is represented by Argentina, Brazil and first-time bidder Costa Rica. African countries are led by South Africa, Egypt and Uganda, while China, Japan, Chinese Taipei, Malaysia and India are among the Asian candidates. In Europe, countries such as Greece, Austria, Bulgaria and Belgium are returning to the bidding circle after years away.

“It is exciting that we have new countries in the mix,” Julien Carrel, FISU World University Championships manager, said. “Our Championships in 2022 and 2024 will reach almost all the regions of the globe.

“We are happy to have received bids from countries in Africa and the Americas. We have strong interest from Asia and Europe as usual, but this time we also have North American involvement coming through strongly from Lake Placid and Canada.”

The programme covers more than 30 sports, including those that are already staged in the World Cup format, where university teams compete rather than national squads. The assessment of the evaluation team will be submitted to FISU’s Executive Committee for attribution to take place in early December.