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Get ready for the 2020 World University Championships season

07 December 2019 | in FISU World University Championships

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
5 Cycling Nijmegen (NED) 10-Jun 14-Jun
6 Handball Lodz (POL) 15-Jun 21-Jun
7 Golf Taichung (TPE) 17-Jun 20-Jun
8 Beach Volleyball Málaga (ESP) 23-Jun 27-Jun
9 Triathlon Kecskemet (HUN) 27-Jun 28-Jun
10 Floorball Koper (SLO) 24-Jun 28-Jun
11 Sailing Campione del Garda (ITA) 30-Jun 04-Jul
12 Wushu Liaoyang (CHN) 11-Jul 14- Jul
13 Orienteering Smolensk (RUS) 14-Jul 18-Jul
14 Futsal Poznan (POL) 19-Jul 26-Jul
15 Squash Shanghai (CHN) 17-Jul 23-Jul
16 Muaythai Nur-Sultan (KAZ) 17-Aug 23- Aug
17 Canoe Sports Minsk (BLR) 21-Aug 23-Aug
18 Rowing Zagreb (CRO) 27-Aug 29-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
24 Cheerleading Wonju (KOR) 24-Sep 26-Sep
25 Boxing Katowice (POL) 10-Oct 15-Oct
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
29 Badminton Bangkok (THA) 16-Nov 22-Nov

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