November 12, 2022 | at the FISU Summer University World Games
At today’s meeting in Brussels, the FISU Executive Committee approved the hosting of the summer edition of the 2027 FISU World University Games in Chungcheong, Korea. The decision was made after a rigorous selection process involving Chungcheong compete with North Carolina for the opportunity to host FISU’s flagship event.
Both candidates made very strong proposals. FISU visits to both potential hosts revealed excellent facilities, broad support and a culture of university sports excellence.
“FISU offers sincere congratulations to Chungcheong. Korea has a proud tradition of university sports and I am sure it will be the perfect place where the best university athletes in the world will come together for a peaceful celebration in the summer of 2027,” said FISU Acting President Leonz Eder. “Chungcheong 2027 has the potential to become a unique FISU World University Games, making a lasting contribution to university sport.”
The FISU Chungcheong 2027 World University Games will be held in 18 sports across 31 venues. 30 of them already exist, are already planned or will be temporary. The candidacy showed a carefully thought-out approach to the legacy that made the facilities of the 2015 FISU Gwangju World University Games widely used and appreciated.
“Everyone who has worked so hard to make our candidacy a success is delighted. This opportunity means a lot to Korean college sports and to Chungcheong. It will be the first major event to be held in our megacity, and we are confident that we will deliver an excellent FISU World University Games,” said Yoon-suk Kim, general secretary of the Chungcheong 2027 bidding committee.
“The selection of Chungcheong to host the 2027 FISU World University Games was a close decision, reflecting the strength of both candidates,” said FISU Secretary General Eric Saintrond. “FISU and university sports are the clear winners today, as evidenced by our ability to attract so much attention to the organization of our events. For many years, FISU has taken a balanced approach to large events, starting with the principle of using existing facilities or facilities already planned by the local authority as part of a long-term strategy for the area. This is an approach that seems to be working, and FISU is now widely understood to have an attractive proposition for potential hosts.”
“While FISU could only name one host for the 2027 FISU World University Games today, FISU is deeply grateful to both candidates for their commitment to international university sport,” added Leonz Eder. “Chungcheong is today’s choice for 2027, we would be delighted to see North Carolina host the FISU World University Games in the future at the first available opportunity. FISU would like to thank both candidates for their professionalism and the sporting manner in which they behaved throughout the process.”
The FISU World University Games have been successfully organized since 1959, when they debuted in Turin. Upcoming hosts already working to host the FISU World University Games are Lake Placid and Chengdu in 2023, followed by Turin and the Rhine-Ruhr region in 2025.