Julia Chanourdie in action during the 2018 World University Championship in sport climbing, held in Bratislava ©FISU

The International University Sports Federation (FISU) has announced dates for its World University Championships and University World Cups in 2022.

Fifteen World University Championships and seven University World Cups are scheduled to take place across 18 countries.

At World University Championships, athletes are scheduled to compete for their respective countries in 14 sports.

The first scheduled World University Championship is set to take place in ski orienteering at Jachmyov in the Czech Republic from February 22 to 26.

The second winter sport discipline is due to be speed skating at Lake Placid in the United States from March 2 to 5.

Cross-country is next on the University Championship calendar and is due to take place at Aveiro, Portugal on March 12.

After a three month break, World University Championships are due to come thick and fast between June and September.

June 9 to 15 sees squash scheduled at New Giza in Egypt, while sport climbing is due to take place from June 14 to 17 at Innsbruck, Austria.

Two more sports are due to follow in July - futsal in Shanghai, China from July 18 to 24 and golf in Torino, Italy from July 20 to 23.

Three sports are scheduled for August - orienteering in Magglingen and Biel-Bienne in Switzerland from August 17 to 21, waterskiing and wakeboarding at Minsk in Belarus from August 24 to 27 and beach volleyball at Lake Placid in the United States from August 24 to 28.

September is set to be the busiest month for World University Championships, with four events scheduled.

FISU held a virtual World University Championship in mind sports in 2020 during the coronavirus pandemic ©FISU
FISU held a virtual World University Championship in mind sports in 2020 during the coronavirus pandemic ©FISU

Canoe sprint is due to take place in Bydgoszcz in Poland from September 9 to 11, running alongside triathlon, scheduled in Maceio in Brazil on September 10 and 11.

Mind sports are due to begin the following day in Antwerp, Belgium and run until September 17, with modern pentathlon due to round off the World University Championship year in Buenos Aires, Argentina from September 21 to 25.

Meanwhile, at University World Cups, student athletes compete representing their respective universities.

Seven University World Cups are scheduled, including the first ever in combat sports - featuring the disciplines of boxing, karate, muaythai, sambo, wrestling and wushu - at Yekaterinburg in Russia, from September 29 to October 8.

Kosovo is also set to host a FISU event for the first time, with the University World Cup in handball due to take place in Prishtina from July 11 to 17.

The first University World Cup of the calendar year is due to take place in finswimming, one of two new sports on the university programme.

This is scheduled for Lignano Sabbiadoro in Italy on April 1 and 2.

Two sports are scheduled to host World Cups in June - American football at Monterrey in Mexico from June 1 to 11 and floorball at Liberec in the Czech Republic from June 20 to 24.

The second new sport on the university programme, powerlifting, is set to hold its first World Cup in Moscow in Russia from July 25 to 29.

The final World Cup of the calendar year is due to be in cheerleading at Heraklion in Greece from November 4 to 6.

FISU vice-president Marian Dymalski said: "We are really happy to have a season again even though there are still some questions with the ongoing pandemic.

"It hasn’t been easy for our Organising Committees as well, but we are grateful that most of them held on and carried on their preparations the best they could."