The International University Sports Federation (French: Fédération internationale du sport universitaire; FISU) is an international sports organization founded to develop and promote sports among students.
Founded in 1949, in Merano, Italy, FISU’s main responsibility is the supervision of both the Summer and Winter Universiades, as well as the World University Championships. The General Assembly representing its members (170 National University Sports Federations) is FISU’s main governing body. It elects for a four-year period the Executive Committee, which takes all the necessary decisions for the smooth running of FISU. Fourteen permanent commissions advise the Executive Committee in their specialised areas, thus facilitating its duties. FISU is funded through subscription, organising and entry fees, television incomes and marketing activities.
FISU Presidents: 1949 – 1961 – Paul SCHLEIMER. FISU was created under the impetus of the Luxembourgian, physicist and mathematician Paul Schleimer .. 1961 – 1999 – Primo NEBIOLO, who was an ardent supporter of the development of international university sports movement and the University Games. 1999 – 2011 – George E. KILLIAN 2011- 2015 – Claude–Louis GALLIEN Since November 2015 – Oleg MATYTSIN.
Embracing FISU’s motto of ‘Excellence in Mind and Body’, all events incorporate educational and cultural aspects into sports competitions, bringing together sport and academia from all over the world to celebrate in a true spirit of friendship and sportsmanship.
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