Meeting today in Brussels, the FISU Executive Committee has awarded the organization of the summer edition of the FISU World University Games 2027 to Chungcheong, Korea. The decision followed a rigorous selection process that saw Chungcheong compete with North Carolina for the chance to host FISU’s flagship event.
Both candidates had submitted very strong proposals. FISU’s visits to the two potential hosts revealed excellent facilities, widespread support and cultures of excellence in university sport.
“FISU sends its sincere congratulations to Chungcheong. Korea has a proud tradition of college sport and will, I am sure, be an ideal place for the best college athletes in the world to come together in peaceful celebration in the summer of 2027,” said FISU Acting President, Leonz Eder. “Chungcheong 2027 has the potential to be a very special FISU World University Games, making a lasting contribution to university sport.
The FISU World University Games Chungcheong 2027 will be hosted for 18 sports at 31 venues. 30 of them currently exist, are already planned or will be temporary. The bid demonstrated a carefully considered approach to legacy which has already seen the facilities of the FISU World University Games Gwangju 2015 become widely used and appreciated.
“All of us who have worked so hard to make our bid a success are beyond thrilled. This opportunity means a lot to Korean college sports and to Chungcheong. It will be the first major event to be hosted in our megacity and we are sure that we will host an excellent FISU World University Games,” said Yoon-suk Kim, Secretary General of the Chungcheong 2027 Bid Committee.
“Choosing Chungcheong to host the 2027 FISU World University Games was a close decision and it reflects the strength of both candidates,” said FISU General Secretary Eric Saintrond. “FISU and university sport are clear winners today, as demonstrated by our ability to garner such attention for hosting our events. For many years, FISU has adopted a sustainable approach to major events, starting with the principle of using existing venues or venues already planned by local authorities as part of a long-term strategy for the territory. It’s an approach that is clearly working, with FISU now widely seen as having an attractive proposition for potential hosts.
“While FISU was only able to name one host for the 2027 FISU World University Games today, FISU is deeply grateful to both nominees for their commitment to international university sport,” added Leonz Eder. . “While Chungcheong is today’s choice for 2027, we would be delighted to have North Carolina host the FISU World University Games in the future at the first available opportunity. FISU would like to thank the two candidates for their professionalism and for the sporty way in which they behaved throughout the process.
The FISU World University Games have been successfully organized since 1959, when they made their debut in Turin. The next hosts already working on the organization of the FISU World University Games are Lake Placid and Chengdu for 2023, followed by Turin and the Rhine-Ruhr region in 2025.