Sports Corp. team lands international events for Springs

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A team of businessmen and athletic activists has won a bid to bring two high-profile international sporting events to Colorado Springs in 2012.

Colorado Springs will host the 2012 FISU World University Championships, in boxing and softball, which is expected to bring several hundred athletes, officials and delegates from as many as 30 different countries to the city next year.

The Colorado Springs Sports Corp. team, which included El Pomar Foundation CEO Bill Hybl, FISU Secretary General Stan Brassie, Sports Corp. Chairman Dave Palenchar and Sports Corp. President Tom Osborne, presented to the International University Sports Federation in Erzurum, Turkey today.

“This is a significant honor for Colorado Springs and enhances its respected reputation as a superb host for amateur sports events,” Hybl said.

The team also received support from the US Olympic Committe, the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, the US Air Force Academy and the El Pomar Foundation.

“The US Olympic Committee is extremely pleased that FISU has awarded these championships to Colorado Springs,” said USOC President Scott Blackmun. “This city is dedicated to the Olympic movement and to the mission and goals of FISU.”

The men’s boxing championship will be held at the UCCS Gallogly Events Center. The women’s softball championships will be held at the university’s Four Diamond Sports Complex.

The events are a part of 33 winter and summer World University Championships to be held next year, the largest number in FISU history.