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To all National Federations:
From: Phil Chase, Chairman, IWSF World University Commission

Attached you will find the 1st Bulletin for the 2004 FISU World University Championships, which will be held in Balakovo, Russia.

It goes without saying that the future of our sport as a member of the FISU family
will depend heavily on the participation at this tournament. FISU is concerned that the lack of organized university programs throughout the world, will be restrictive in our ability to field enough countries at a true world university championships. WE need to prove them wrong.

As you have probably heard by now, this championship is NOT an IWSF event but a FISU event. This is exactly the same situation we would have faced had we been accepted into the 2004 Olympics. In Athens, we would have fielded teams under the banner of our various National Olympic Committees. In Balakovo, we will do the same but, under the banners of our "National University Sport Federations".

You can find the names and contact information for all National University Sports Federations by clicking on this link. Please make contact with your national university sports federation immediately and tell them you would like to put together a team for these championships. In addition, I would appreciate you contacting me with your intent to participate and of course will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

19 countries participated in our 2002 event in Tianjin, China. In my view, we need to double that to ensure continued participation in FISU. 

You are invited to periodically visit the NCWSA homepage at http://www.ncwsa.com,/, on which you will find a link to acess all information regarding the World University Commission and the Championships.

  THIS IS OUR CHANCE. For years we have talked and dreamed about being recognized at this level. Now we have the opportunity to show the world that we are deserving of that recognition.