The International University Sports Federation (FISU) announced that the Lucerne 2021 World University Winter Games has been postponed and rescheduled from December 11-21, 2021. As a result of the COVID-19 crisis, the FISU has postponed the event which was scheduled to be held in the Swiss city from January 21 to 31.
It was expected that the Games would be rescheduled in December following a survey among national member federations, with six international associations governing the sports of Winter Games, reveals that the month is providing the most appropriate dates for the Games. The decision was taken after the FISU Executive Committee approved a proposal from the Organizing Committee of Lucerne 2021.
"We are extremely pleased that the Winter Universiade 2021 can still take place, despite the pandemic-induced postponement. After prudent consultation between all relevant stakeholders, including the six cantons of Central Switzerland, we mutually agreed to hold the event in December 2021. Here in Switzerland, where FISU also has its headquarters, we have been looking forward to this edition of our Games for many years. On behalf of everyone at FISU, I would like to extend my deepest gratitude to the State authorities of Switzerland, the different Cantons and the Lucerne 2021 Organising Committee for their unwavering commitment. Let us now deliver on the promise of international university sport for thousands of young athletes around the world," said FISU President Oleg Matytsin.
Lucerne 2021's events will take place at seven venues, and a total of 10 sports disciplines will be played at the 2021 Winter World University Games.