Colorado Springs was awarded a pair of international sports events in boxing and softball Tuesday that will bring more than 300 athletes and officials from 30 nations to the city and to UCCS in summer 2012.
The International University Sports Federation announced Jan. 25 at its executive committee meeting in Erzurum, Turkey, that Colorado Springs will be the host city for its 2012 World University Championships in Softball (Aug. 2-11) and Boxing (Aug. 2-10), with both sports at UCCS.
The events are part of a schedule of 33 winter and summer World University Championships to be conducted in 2012, the largest number in FISU history.
The World Championships are open to all student athletes that have not been out of a university or its equivalent for more than a year and that are between 17 and 28 years old. Any association which belongs to FISU may enter a team or an individual competitor. Entries are accepted from any country which is eligible for the Olympic Games and from any national federation which is affiliated to an appropriate International Federation.
Colorado Springs was awarded the events after a formal presentation from its delegation led by El Pomar Foundation CEO & Chairman and USOC President Emeritus Bill Hybl, along with Stan Brassie, Secretary General of the U.S. International University Sports Federation, Colorado Springs Sports Corporation Chairman Dave Palenchar and Sports Corp President and CEO Tom Osborne.
The Colorado Springs bid was presented by the Sports Corp with the support and coordination from the USIUSF, United States Olympic Committee, UCCS, the U.S. Air Force Academy, and El Pomar Foundation.
“This is a significant honor for Colorado Springs and enhances its respected reputation as a superb host for amateur sports events,” said Hybl. “Our city and the state of Colorado have a proud legacy of support for the Olympic family and scores of amateur sports events, and we are proud to be able to host these World Championships for athletes from across the world.”
“The U.S. Olympic Committee is extremely pleased that FISU has awarded these championships to Colorado Springs,” said USOC CEO Scott Blackmun. “This city is dedicated to the Olympic Movement and to the mission and goals of FISU which encourage fair play, friendship and opportunities for youth.”
Boxing, for men, will be held at the Gallogly Events Center.
Softball, for women, will be conducted at the university’s Four Diamonds Sports Complex, which has hosted several NCAA Division II playoffs, with a permanent seating capacity of 800.
Athletes and officials will be housed at the Summit Village Residence Halls and Alpine Village Apartments on the campus. Members of the FISU family, International Sport Federations, USA Boxing and USA Softball officials and technical delegates will be staying at the Colorado Springs Marriott north of the city.
“It will be an honor to host these prestigious events at our outstanding campus venues,” said UCCS Chancellor Pam Shockley-Zalabak. “We know our University family will support the athletes and officials and welcome them to our campus and the city.”
Osborne will be the chairman of the Organizing Committee, which will include representatives of the U.S. International Sports Federation, The Sports Corp, USOC, El Pomar, UCCS, U.S. Air Force Academy, USA Boxing, USA Softball and the City of Colorado Springs.
— Mike Moran, Senior Media Consultant, Colorado Springs Sports Corporation