The World University Badminton Championship is among four events to have been cancelled by FISU ©FISU

The four remaining World University Championships which had been due to take place this year have been cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic and will not be rescheduled, the International University Sports Federation (FISU) has announced.

Confirmation of the cancellation of events in weightlifting, wrestling, karate and badminton means no World University Championships will be held for the rest of 2020.

FISU has also confirmed none of the 2020 World University Championships which have been called off will be rearranged for next year owing to the "tight international sports calendar in 2021".

Gangjin in South Korea had been set to host the World University Weightlifting Championships from October 20 to 24.

The wrestling competition had been due to follow in Nizhny Novgorod in Russia from October 27 to November 1, while Brasilia was set to stage the karate event between November 5 and 8.

The World University Badminton Championships, scheduled to be the final FISU event of the year, had been due to take place in Bangkok from November 16 to 22.

The coronavirus pandemic has wreaked havoc on sports events across the world ©Getty Images
The coronavirus pandemic has wreaked havoc on sports events across the world ©Getty Images

FISU had already cancelled all World University Championships until October in response to the COVID-19 crisis.

"Since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis, FISU has done its best to protect all athletes and participants of its events," FISU secretary general and chief executive Eric Saintrond wrote in a letter to member federations.

"This year has proven to be very challenging in many aspects of our daily life and has had many consequences in the world of sports.

"Although the cancellation of our World University Championships has not been an easy decision to make, recent status updates have shown us that we must continue to remain cautious and not take any risk, with regards to the organisation of events.

"Moreover, after careful analysis and discussion with the International Federations and Continental University Sports Federations, the FISU Steering Committee decided that, given the tight international sports calendar in 2021, no 2020 World University Championship will be postponed to next year."