LAUSANNE – In exactly three months, the 2020 World University Championships seasonwill kick off with the Cross-Country Championship in Marrakech on 7 March 2020. It promises to be a long, action-packed season with 29 events dotted through the year, concluding with the Badminton Championship in Thailand in late November.
On the 2020 calendar, FISU welcomes three new National University Sports Federations (NUSFs) to the hosting family – namely Argentina (Rugby Sevens), Morocco (Cross Country) and Ukraine (Waterski & Wakeboard). The geographical spread of the Championships includes events in the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia.
While Waterski Championships have been held before, next year will be the first edition where Wakeboard will be a part of the FISU World University Championships programme. An inaugural World University Mind Sport Championship will be held in Bydgoszcz, Poland, combining Bridge and Chess for the very first time.
Also, in September will be the Sport Climbing Championship that will be held in Turin, Italy from 17-20 September. This Championship will be organised by the Centro Universitario Sportivo (CUS) of Turin, with the support of the International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC).
Hosting President of CUS Torino Riccardo D’Elicio said “I am delighted to host a fast-growing sport; Sport Climbing. We are working in synergy for very important sports events, starting with these climbing World University Championships.”
IFSC President Marco Maria Scolaris said, “It is a very important event for the territory; Turin has the largest number of (climbing) members in Italy and they can make use of great facilities to practice this sport.”
One of the last inspection visits conducted by FISU ahead of the 2020 Championships season was to Zagreb, Croatia for Rowing. The FISU delegation led by Matthew Draper, Technical Committee Chair for Rowing, met with the Croatian Academic Sports Federation (CASF) General Secretary Davor Habljak and Sports Director Ronald Strumberger, as well as President of the Zagreb Rowing Association, Krunoslav Klak.
Nikola Vincetic, Project Manager of WUC Rowing 2020 said, “After hosting the 2016 European Universities Games in Zagreb-Rijeka, in 2019 we hosted the first ever European Universities Combat Championship and also the first EUC Beach Handball Championship for more than 1300 athletes, proving one more time our capabilities as an organiser.”
FISU Technical Committee Chair Matthew Draper concluded the inspection visit by saying, “We are very satisfied with the preparation and progress and we strongly believe that this will be a great Championship next year.”
The FISU World University Championships bring together the world’s best student athletes in a wide array of sports and disciplines that are not part of the FISU Summer and Winter Universiade sports programme.
2020 World University Championships
|Sport||City||Date start||Date end|
|1||Cross Country||Marrakech (MAR)||07-Mar||07-Mar|
|2||Speed Skating||Amsterdam (NED)||10 -Mar||13-Mar|
|3||Ski Orienteering||Rovaniemi (FIN)||23-Mar||27-Mar|
|4||American Football||Székesfehérvár (HUN)||04-Jun||14-Jun|
|8||Beach Volleyball||Málaga (ESP)||23-Jun||27-Jun|
|11||Sailing||Campione del Garda (ITA)||30-Jun||04-Jul|
|12||Wushu||Liaoyang (CHN)||11-Jul||14- Jul|
|16||Muaythai||Nur-Sultan (KAZ)||17-Aug||23- Aug|
|17||Canoe Sports||Minsk (BLR)||21-Aug||23-Aug|
|19||Shooting Sport||Pilsen (CZE)||9-Sep||13-Sep|
|20||Mind Sports||Bydgoszcz (POL)||11-Sep||16-Sep|
|21||Rugby Sevens||La Plata (ARG)||17-Sep||19-Sep|
|22||Sport Climbing||Turin (ITA)||17-Sep||20-Sep|
|23||Waterski and Wakeboard||Dnipro (UKR)||24-Sep||27-Sep|
|26||Weightlifting||Gangjin (KOR)||20- Oct||24-Oct|
|27||Wrestling||Nizhny Novgorod (RUS)||27-Oct||1-Nov|
|28||Karate||Brasilia (BRA)||5- Nov||8- Nov|