27th Summer Universiade in Kazan,

July 6-17 2013

The history of FISU

The International University Sports Federation was officially formed in 1949. Its origin goes back to the first World Students Games, held in May 1923 in Paris. The organizer of the Games was French educator and scholar Jean Petitjean, companion of Pierre de Coubertin.

In 1924 at the International Sport Congress of the Universities in Warsaw it was decided to set up the International Confederation of Students (ICS). Eight games were carried out during the operation of the ICS until 1939.

International student sports activities were interrupted by World War II. The traditions of the international student competition once again revived in 1947, when newly created International Students Union (ISU) and its athletic department, and later a sports council, held Winter Games in Davos (Switzerland), and Summer Games in Paris (France).

In 1948 at the suggestion of a number of European countries in Luxembourg a successor to the International Confederation of Students was created - the International Federation of University Sports (FISU), which officially gained its status in 1949.

The first president of FISU was Paul Schleimer - a physicist and mathematician from Luxembourg. He led FISU for 12 years. He was replaced by Primo Nebiolo, whose name is associated with the active development of the World Student Games and the international student sports movement in general. During 1999-2011 the FISU was headed by George Killian. On 9th of August, 2011 at the FISU Executive Committee meeting held in Shenzhen (PRC) Claude-Louis Gallien was assigned the President of FISU.