FISU World Cup
The first FISU World Cup Combat Sports took place in Samsun, Turkey. There were 800 athletes and 300 officials from over 300 colleges from 57 nations competing in six sports. This ten-day tournament was FISU’s first of its type, merging numerous sports into a single FISU World Cup.
The last day included boxing, karate, and men’s Greco-Roman wrestling finals of FISU World Cup. In boxing, host Türkiye had a strong day. Hatice Akbaş won gold in the under 54 kg event, as did fellow world championship squad member Büşra Işldar in the under 75 kg class. Erivan Barut won the under 50 kg division, while Gizem Ozer won the under 60 kg class, extending Turkey’s supremacy in women’s boxing. In the men’s over 92 kg division, Berat Acar of Samsun’s Ondokuz Mays University won gold for his school and Türkiye.
Despite losing to Barut in the women’s under 50 kg division, Olha Shalimova of Ukraine’s Zaporizhzhya National University was pleased with her results at the FISU World Cup. “I like everything. I enjoy the boxing hall and the kind folks. They are really kind and constantly smile, therefore I only have good feelings here. “I’m delighted to be here and to be representing Zaporizhzhya University,” she remarked.
In men’s Greco-Roman wresting, Ukraine’s Parviz Nasibov won gold in the under 72 kg division by defeating Georgia’s Otar Abuladze 8-5. Nasibov is an Olympic silver medallist from Tokyo 2020. Istvan Takacs of Hungary won gold in the under 87 kg division at Samsun, defeating Turkish wrestler Emincan Enez at the FISU World Cup.
Among the several karate finals on the last day of competition, Turkey and Canada topped the women’s individual Kata tournament. Damla Pelit of Lokman Hekim University beat Keydan Nur Colak of Trabzon University in the final match at the FISU World Cup. Melissa Baillargeon of Canada’s Université Laval defeated fellow Canadian Claudia Laos Loo of Simon Fraser University in the bronze medal match, however both competitors depart Samsun with bronze medals.
Athletes are leaving Samsun after competing at an international level and having had a fantastic time. Edgar Xavier Marvelo, an Indonesian wushu athlete who attended Bhayangkara Jakarta Raya University and won gold in the Chanquan event, remarked about the area and how much he enjoys living in Samsun at the FISU World Cup. “This is my first time traveling to Turkey and to Samsun, and I feel like I really enjoy the weather right now, and I really appreciate how there are plenty of trees and nature,” the three-time world championship gold medallist remarked.
Daniela Ramirez of Colombia and Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana, bronze medallist in women’s under 51 kg muaythai, also talked favourably of her experience at the FISU World Cup Combat Sports. “I adore Samsun; it’s been fantastic, and I like sharing my experiences with other fighters and people from various nations.” “I am pleased with the fight; I gave it my best and I deserve to be here,” she remarked.
After 10 days of tough and thrilling action, Turkey leads all countries with 134 total medals, including 36 gold, followed by Ukraine with 66 medals and 18 gold at FISU World Cup. Turkmen State Institute of Physical Education and Sports dominated all universities with 15 medals, while Iran’s University of Tehran got the most gold medals (7). After a highly successful first FISU University World Cup Combat Sports, student-athletes will now leave Samsun and Türkiye for home and a return to their studies.
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What is FISU?
International University Sports Federation, since its inception in 1949, the International University Sports Federation has been a driving force in expanding the function and reach of university sport around the globe. FISU thinks that sports ideals and sports practice should be integrated into one’s university academics.
FISU provides opportunities and motivation for students all around the globe to participate in sports. Sport provides students with the health, well-being, and experiences they need to become engaged citizens of our global society.