Lausanne (Switzerland), August 08, 2017: Following the recognition in May of Dance Sport and Flying Disc, FISU has accepted the application dossiers submitted by four international sport federations. The University Sports Movement has now welcomed Bandy, Finswimming, Kickboxing and Powerlifting as FISU recognised sports.
The growing interest from international federations in joining the University Sports Movement is now being directly addressed by FISU, which will endorse events organised by these newly recognised sports. The internal review of FISU’s sports programme has led to the implementation of four major changes – a gradual shift to the intra-university format of competitions in team sports (FISU World University Leagues and World Cups), a reduction of the programme size with fewer events, the creation of two sport clusters (combat sports and mind sports) and a new focus on endorsed events for FISU recognised sports, says a FISU statement.
“The recognition of sports beyond our current programme is a step forward for the University Sports Movement as it enlarges its reach to more and more student-athletes from different types of sports and countries,” FISU President Oleg Matytsin said. “FISU encourages these sport federations to continue to work in the university sports realm and further the messages of education and sport”.