15 September 2023 – Düsseldorf

IDUS: Celebration of University Sport

Introduced in 2016, the International Day of University Sport (IDUS) has proven its significance in recent years. In collaboration with UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, the International University Sports Federation (FISU) annually hosts a celebration of sports on September 20th. This event takes place in well over 100 FISU member federations in various formats.

The choice of September 20th was deliberate: in many countries worldwide, this date marks the beginning of the academic year, and it also signifies the conclusion of the first Student World Championships held in the Polish city of Warsaw in 1924.

IDUS aims to establish connections between universities and their local communities, with sports, physical activity, and healthy lifestyle playing a central role. However, IDUS is not solely about engaging in sports. Throughout the entire month of September, FISU participates in various IDUS activities to promote discussions about university sports. IDUS serves as a platform for the exchange of ideas, addressing challenges, and exploring opportunities in university sports globally. The last time, 82 percent of the 167 FISU member federations across five continents participated in IDUS activities.

©International University Sports Federation (FISU)

“I am happy to see each year all the activities happening worldwide for the International Day of University Sport - IDUS - and would like to thank you all for the great commitment. Let us not only think of sport and do sport on this special day, but let us take this unifying day as an opportunity to strive for and implement sport and exercise daily, to let it become part of everyday life on campus and in our routines. We wish you much joy and success in doing so,” said FISU Acting President Leonz Eder.

©German University Sports Federation

ADH Organizes the Fourth University Run in Germany 

In Germany, the German University Sports Federation (adh) is organizing the ADH University Run for the fourth time on September 20th. Students, staff, and alumni are all encouraged to lace up their running shoes. Participating is easy and straightforward: the goal is to cover as many kilometers as possible on foot within 60 minutes - both for personal achievement and for one's own university.

It doesn't matter whether you run continuously for the full hour or make stops and run in intervals, and the location of the course is also free to choose. Those who cover the greatest distance within 60 minutes will be honored, along with the best universities and participants who have covered the most metres in altitude. Last year, the ADH University Run set a new record with 1,517 participants.

©Athletics Team of DSHS Köln

The exact time window to complete the 60 minutes on September 20th spans from 6 am to 10 pm. The deadline for online result submission is at 10 pm, as it is crucial to include individual results along with a proof screenshot using a link provided after registration. The screenshot must indicate that the run was completed on September 20th.

For more information about the ADH University Run and the registration process, please visit this website.