FISU fires starting gun on new events strategy

The International University Sports Federation (FISU) has launched a new bidding strategy for its World University Championships (WUC) and University World Cups (UWC) that will open 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 is now inviting prospective hosts to apply to stage WUCs and UWCs that will run through the calendar years 2022 and 2024. This encompasses 25 different events, including two cluster events in the shape of mind sports and combat sports.

At a minimum, the two best dossiers for each sport, submitted before September 15, will be assessed by FISU’s Technical Committee for World University Championships. From 2022 onwards, the competitions in American football, floorball, handball and cheerleading will be held as University World Cups – a competition between university teams rather than national squads – instead of a Championship.

“FISU is moving ahead enthusiastically with its new concept of the University World Cups,” FISU secretary general and chief executive, Eric Saintrond, said.

“These events create an alternative set-up to regular competition between national teams. In fact, to maximise the potential of the university sports movement, we believe this format of university teams competing against each other is crucial. It will increase participation in these sports even further, not just at our events but in universities worldwide as the finalists come through continental qualifiers.”

Along with the four UWCs, hosting rights to World University Championships in the following sports are available: beach volleyball, canoe sports, combat sports, cross country, cycling, futsal, golf, mind sports, modern pentathlon, orienteering, powerlifting, rowing, sailing, shooting, ski orienteering, speed skating, sport climbing, squash, waterski and wakeboard, and weightlifting.

In the upcoming 2020 season, 31 stand-alone World University Championship events will take place.