The CIE organized postwar Games in Paris (1947) and Budapest (1949) before the International University Sports Federation (FISU), founded in 1948, took over. The Games have since been held in Luxembourg (1951); Dortmund, West Germany (1953); San Sebastian, Spain (1955); Paris (1957); Turin, Italy (1959); Sofia, Bulgaria (1961); Port Allegre, Brazil (1963); Budapest (1965); Tokyo (1967); Moscow (1973); Sofia (1977); Mexico City (1979); Bucharest, Romania (1981); Edmonton, Alta (1983); Kobe, Japan (1985); Zagreb, Yugoslavia (1987); Duisburg, West Germany (1989); Sheffield, England (1991); Buffalo, NY (1993); Fukuoka, Japan (1995); Sicily, Italy (1997); Palma de Mallorca, Spain (1999); Beijing (2001), Daegu, South Korea (2003); and Izmir, Turkey (2005). They will be held in Bangkok, Thailand, in 2007. Since the 1950s, the Games have attracted world-class competitors such as the Press sisters (USSR), Harry JEROME (Canada), David Hemery (Great Britain), Tommie Smith (US) and Alberto Juantorena (Cuba), and have become second only in prestige and importance to the OLYMPIC GAMES.
The games have been held only once in Canada, at EDMONTON, ALBERTA in 1983. At the Edmonton Games, over 3500 athletes from 74 countries competed in 10 sports, the primary focus being track and field, swimming and basketball.
Author DAVE BROWN
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