Founded in 1946, Union Sportive Internationale des Cheminots (USIC), with the avowed object of promoting Sports activities amongst the railway personnel of the different countries has become a symbol of sports fraternity. USIC at present comprises of 26 countries. All the members are from Europe except India. Indian Railways joined this august body in 1967 and has been a regular participant in selected disciplines since then.
USIC - the International Railway Sports Association consists of 26 national associations from Europe as well as India. It fulfils a role similar to that of the International Olympic Organisation and allocates international championships to countries on an application basis. The highest body within USIC is its Congress of all member countries which is held every two years.
The performance of Indian Railways in USIC Championships has been remarkable. Indian Railways won the first ever Gold medal in Athletics (M) (2009), Cross Country (2008), Tennis (2007), Chess (2004) Volleyball ( 2003), Silver Medal in Athletics (W) (2009) Basketball (2003), Cross Country( 2003), Athletics (M) & (W) (2005) and Bronze Medal in Golf (2003), Marathon (2005) are the testimony of magnificent performance by Indian Railways in these championships.
Mostly USIC Championships are organized in Europe only. So far Indian Railways has the distinction of organizing USIC Championships of Athletics, Tennis, Basketball, volleyball and Badminton, only once i.e. in the year 1987.
The following countries are participating in the above said Championship:
USIC – International Railway Sports Association
Oliviero Brugiati, Italy (President, centre). David Franks, Great Britain (Vice-President). Manfred Hilger, Germany (Vice-President). Joseph Zeder, Switzerland (Treasurer). Martin Westerbeek Netherlands (General Secretary).
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