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The International University Sports Federation, FISU, developed within university institutions to propagate sports values and promote sports practice in perfect synergy and complementarity with the university spirit.

The Precursors

At the beginning of the 19th century, competitive sport took its first steps, guided by one of its precursors and the father of the modern Olympics, Baron Pierre de Coubertin. It was in the United States, England and Switzerland that the first inter-university meets were held. They gradually led to the emergence of university sports associations, the first of which came into being in the United States in 1905.

The Beginning

FISU was officially formed in 1949, but its origin goes back to the 1920s when Frenchman Jean Petit organised the first 'World Student Games' in Paris in May 1923. The following year, the International Confederation of Students (ICS) associated itself with this movement. From 1925 to 1939, many great sporting events were organised by the students.

For more informations about history of FISU visit the following link:

FISU today

Fédération Internationale du Sport Universitaire
FISU's main responsability is the supervision of both the Summer and Winter Universiades, as well as the World University Championships. The General Assembly representing its members (167 National University Sports Federations) is FISU's main governing body.

For more informations about FISU today visit the following link:

FISU HQ - Lausanne
Maison du Sport International
Av. de Rhodanie 54
CH- 1007 Lausanne, Switzerland

Tel.: +41 (0) 216130810
Fax: +41 (0) 216015612