International University Events at UMinho
The University of Minho and the Students Union, in collaboration with the Portuguese University Sports Federation (FADU) and under the patronage of the International University Sport Federation (FISU) and the European University Sports Association (EUSA) have organised no less than 9 international university sports events.
The first was the 6th FISU World University Championship in Futsal in 1998, where the city of Braga received 14 participating countries.
Following this event, the second international competition was the 5th EUSA European Universities Championships in Volleyball in 2004 also in Braga. A total of 8 male and 9 female teams presented themselves for this event.
The year of 2006 saw the organisation of the 6th EUSA European Universities Championship in Basketball, held in Guimarães from July 11-16. The event, held in Portugal’s birthplace, established a record participation in teams and participants – a total of 28 teams from 13 countries where present, geographically representing the whole of Europe from north to south, east to west. This event was arguably branded as the best ever EUC organised in EUSA history.
This was another boost for the University of Minho, the 10th FISU World University Championship in Badminton. The event, held in Braga, hosted a total of 163 athletes (89 male and 74 female) and 74 officials. The event had a further 178 staff elements, 45 attachés, 2 referees, 33 umpires, 69 line judges, 6 FISU family and the 10 Organising Committee members. Another 5 persons from YONEX were present as well as one European Badminton Federation representative. In total, 586 official accreditation cards were registered.
The event had been declared as of national Public Interest by the Sports and Youth Secretary of State in recognition to the importance of the event for Portugal’s image abroad and it received many compliments from athletes and officials, as well as from the international entities present. The high level of professionalism of the Organising Committee as well as the effort and dedication of all volunteers and staff were mentioned as being invaluable.
In December 2009, the University of Minho hosted the 1st EUSA European Universities Championships in Taekwondo in Braga. This event received a total of 140 participants (including officials, referees, physiotherapists and athletes) from 6 countries and 31 Universities (11 from Spain, 8 from Germany, 6 from Russia, 4 from Portugal, 1 from Holland and 1 from Slovakia). In 2011 the University of Minho received again this championship after an organisational withdrawal of Bulgaria, when missing only three months for the event.
In 2012, the University of Minho hosted the World University Chess Championship in the city of Guimarães. Guimarães was the 2012 European Capital of Culture and WUC Chess is part of the official program. Also in the same year, Braga received the World University Futsal Championship, event that was on the program of the Braga 2012 - European Youth Capital. In 2014, the University of Minho hosted the World University Handball Championship in Guimarães. In 2015 the University of Minho hosted the European Universities Handball Championship and in 2016, will host the World University Karate Championship.