International University Sports Federation

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International University
Sports Federation
Fédération Internationale du
Sport Universitaire
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Headquarters in Lausanne.
Motto"Today's Stars, Tomorrow's Leaders"
"Excellence in Mind and Body"
Formation1 January 1949; 72 years ago (1949-01-01)
TypeSports federation
Headquarters
Membership
170 member associations
Official language
French and English
President
Oleg Matytsin (Russia)
Vice-Presidents
Leonz Eder (Switzerland) (1st VP),
Liguo Yang (China)
Luciano Cabral (Brazil)
Marian Dymalski (Poland)
Leopold Senghor (Senegal)
Websitewww.fisu.net/en/

The Fédération Internationale du Sport Universitaire (FISU, English: International University Sports Federation) is responsible for the organisation and governance of worldwide sports competitions for student-athletes between the ages of 17 and 28. It was founded in 1949[1] as the world governing body of national university sports organisations and currently has 174[2] member associations (National University Sport Federations) from five continents. Between 1949 and 2011, it was based in Brussels (Belgium); since 2011, it is based in Lausanne (Switzerland).

The FISU stages its events every two years. They currently include two Universiades (summer and winter) and 34 [3] World University Championships.

It also organises conferences, forums and seminars to promote sport as a component of the educational system.[4]

FISU sanctions other competitions open to university students, such as the biennial World University Bridge Championships in contract bridge, "played under the auspices of the FISU".[5]

Organisation[edit]

A General Assembly elects an executive committee for a four-year term.[citation needed] Oleg Matytsin was elected president for 2015–2019, succeeding Claude-Louis Gallien.[6] The secretary-general and CEO is Eric Saintrond;[7] vice-presidents are Leonz Eder, Luciano Cabral, Marian Dymalski, Leopold Senghor and Liguo Yang.[8]

Past presidents include:

  • 1949–1961: Paul Schleimer
  • 1961–1999: Primo Nebiolo
  • 1999–2011: George E. Killian
  • 2011–2015: Claude–Louis Gallien

Events and sports[edit]

Universiade[edit]

The Universiade is an international sporting event staged every two years in a different city. There were 10,622 participants in Shenzhen, China, in 2011, and 174 participating countries in Daegu, Korea, in 2003.[citation needed]

The Summer Universiade includes 12 compulsory sports (15 compulsory disciplines):[9]

One to three optional sports are chosen by the host country.[citation needed]

The Winter Universiade includes 6 compulsory sports (8 compulsory disciplines):[9]

One to four optional sports are chosen by the host country.[10]

World University Championships[edit]

While the Universiades are held in odd years, the university world championships are held in even years. It includes individual/team sports, indoor/outdoor sports, combat sports, mind sports and summer/winter sports.[11]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ FISU Statutes Retrieved 2016-01-19.
  2. ^ "Current structure". www.fisu.net. Retrieved 2018-03-07.
  3. ^ "World University Championships". www.fisu.net. Retrieved 2018-03-07.
  4. ^ Ferreira, P. (2010) Strategy Assessment of International Sports Federations – Case study of the International University Sports Federation (FISU). Executive Masters in Sports Organisation Management, University of Poitiers, France.
  5. ^ World University Team Cup Archived 2011-10-27 at the Wayback Machine. World Bridge Federation. 5th World University Bridge Championship Archived 2011-08-13 at the Wayback Machine Event website (2010). Chinese Taipei University Sports Federation. Retrieved 2011-08-12.
  6. ^ 34th General Assembly in Lausanne elects New Board. Retrieved 2016-01-19.
  7. ^ "FISU today". www.fisu.net. Retrieved 2018-03-07.
  8. ^ "Executive Committee". www.fisu.net. Retrieved 2018-03-07.
  9. ^ a b Sports. Retrieved 2016-01-19.
  10. ^ Winter Universiade. Retrieved 2016-01-19.
  11. ^ "World University Championships". www.fisu.net.