Lausanne, October 2, 2017 – The International University Sports Federation (FISU) has launched an online platform for potential host cities to the Summer and Winter Universiades, as well as the World University Championships series. 

Embracing the motto of “Excellence in Mind and Body,” FISU events bring together sport and academia. FISU’s flagship event, the Universiade, is much more than a traditional sporting competition, particularly in how it combines educational and cultural aspects into the event.  

A new “hosting” section on the FISU website, along with a quarterly newsletter which is sent to more than 300 sport cities worldwide, allows city representatives to access the latest information about hosting FISU events. This includes event descriptions, application timelines and procedures, as well as best practices from past and future host cities of FISU events.  

Hosting a FISU event positions a city as a new destination for young people to study, visit and work, generating revenues and boosting the area’s international sporting profile. 

By creating the hosting platform, FISU aims to reach out to cities directly and provide them with relevant information about their events.  FISU member federations and continental associations will also benefit from this new tool in their own markets. 

With FISU’s renewed approach of multi-city events, including for the Universiades, cities of all sizes have the opportunity to bring together sport and academia and host a FISU event.

“The collaboration between FISU and the cities hosting our events is crucial for the steady development of university sports at the international level. Our new platform enables us to reach more cities from all over the world, engage with them and get them involved in university sport and FISU events,” FISU President Oleg Matytsin said.

From the city of Taipei, the most recent host of the Summer Universiade, the organising committee’s CEO Li-chiung Su commented: “The new hosting website and newsletter is a great initiative, not only to inform more cities about all the great things hosting the Universiade can do for a city, but also to share best practices and new ideas.”

Two-time Universiade decathlon champion Thomas Van der Plaetsen said that competing in the cities of Kazan, Russia in 2013 and Gwangju, South Korea in 2015 left an indelible mark on his blossoming career. 

“I am very grateful that I have the Universiade as my platform to tell my story and be part of its legacy,” the Belgian athlete said. “Not only winning the Universiade twice, but also by bringing the Universiade to my country to show them what a beautiful event it is. I am so very grateful to be part of not just my own sport but to be part of a movement, to be part of the FISU Universiade. Thank you so much.” 

The new FISU site can be accessed here 

For more information:  Contact: Anna Manuelian Email: Telephone: +41 (0) 78 630 6127   The International University Sports Federation – FISU Founded in 1949, FISU stands for Fédération Internationale du Sport Universitaire (International University Sports Federation). FISU was formed within university institutions in order to promote sports values and encourage sports practice in harmony with and complementary to the university spirit. Promoting sports values means encouraging friendship, fraternity, fair-play, perseverance, integrity and cooperation amongst students, who one day may have responsibilities and even key positions in politics, the economy, culture and industry.  

Open to student-athletes aged between 17 and 25 (for events in 2016 and 2017 the upper age is still 28), FISU’s events consist of Summer and Winter Universiades and the World University Championships. Universiades are multisport events staged in odd-numbered years, while the World University Championships are single-sport events, staged in even-numbered years. Besides its sporting events, FISU stages educational events, such as the FISU Forum on University Sport, the FISU World Conference on Development through Sport, the FISU World Conference on Innovation – Education – Sport, the FISU Sport Education Summit and the FISU Seminars.

With FISU’s motto being “Excellence in Mind and Body”, all events include educational and cultural aspects, bringing together sport and academia from all over the world to celebrate in a true spirit of friendship and sportsmanship. FISU cooperates in developing its events and programmes with all major international sports and educational organisations. As major outcomes of those collaborations,

in 2015, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) proclaimed the International Day of University Sport to be celebrated on 20 September, and the Anti-Doping Textbook and teaching materials were developed with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). FISU is composed of 170 Member Associations (National University Sports Federations). The FISU General Assembly elects the members of the FISU Executive Committee, its board of directors. Fourteen permanent committees advise the Executive Committee in their specialised areas. For the daily administration of FISU, the FISU Executive Committee relies on the Secretary General, who is assisted by the FISU staff. FISU’s headquarters are in Lausanne, Switzerland.   For more information, please contact the FISU Media Dept. at or visit our web site at 

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