Embracing FISU’s motto of “Excellence in Mind and Body,” the Universiade draws thousands of student-athletes from around the world every two years for summer and winter editions of the event.
The Universiade’s roots go back to the start of the 20th century as host cities welcomed student-athletes who celebrate the spirit of friendship and sportsmanship in a competitive environment. Today, the Universiade builds on this long tradition as the premiere university multi-sport competition in the world.
The Summer Universiade takes place over 12 days and consists of 15 compulsory sports. To keep both the event programme at the forefront of sport innovation and embrace the host country’s sporting legacy, organisers can add up to three optional sports to their edition of the Universiade.
At the 2017 Summer Universiade, 10,657 athletes and officials from 134 countries took part in Taipei, Chinese Taipei.
The Winter Universiade incorporates education and cultural aspects into an 11-day competition sport programme. The Winter Universiade includes eight compulsory sports and up to three optional sports chosen by the host country. At the 2017 Winter Universiade, 1,605 athletes from 56 countries competed in Almaty, Kazakhstan. The host of the 2019 Winter Universiade is Krasnoyarsk, Russia.
What’s to come at the 29th Winter Universiade in Krasnoyarsk
When Krasnoyarsk 2019 organisers say "welcome to real winter", there is meaning behind the motto. Situated in the heart of Siberia, the place has deep sporting roots.
As the capital of the Krasnoyarsk territory in Russia, the city is ideally suited to cement its position as a top-level winter sports venue. Already 19 athletes from the region have won gold medals at the Olympic Games, with three others becoming Paralympic champions.
Fitting the International University Sports Federation (FISU) motto of "today’s stars, tomorrow’s leaders", Krasnoyarsk is not only one of the more sporting cities in the world. It is also an academic hub with more than 120,000 university students. All told, the city is home to nine institutions of higher education, including the State Federal University of Siberia.
Krasnoyarsk sits next to the Stolby Nature Sanctuary, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, in the Eastern Sayan Mountains. The rugged, rocky landscape covered in a deep blanket of snow is an ideal canvas for winter sports competitors.
Krasnoyarsk is not new to the game of staging winter sports competitions and is a regular host to national competitions in Alpine skiing, bandy, biathlon, snowboarding and freestyle skiing. Organisers are particularly enthused that bandy, known as "Russian hockey" in the host country, is part of the Winter Universiade for the first time in 2019.
As the upcoming host, Krasnoyarsk will gain its first experience in organising an international multi-sport event at the 29th Winter Universiade. Krasnoyarsk 2019 organisers have the full backing of the Russian Federation, which brings a wealth of experience having already hosted the 1973 Summer Universiade, 1980 Summer Olympics, 2013 Summer Universiade and 2014 Winter Olympics.
The city along the Yenisei River began its bid to host the 2019 Winter Universiade when FISU attributed the event to Krasnoyarsk on November 9, 2013. Since then, Krasnoyarsk 2019 organisers have been preparing to host the world's premier sports and educational event.
Napoli 2019 welcomes the world to the Summer Universiade’s 60th birthday
Sitting just south of Rome, Napoli is primed to combine the dynamism of university sport with the region’s culture and history. It is particularly fitting that an Italian city should host the 30th edition of the event as the Summer Universiade was first held in Torino in 1959.
The city’s historic centre, Centro Storico, and natural splendors, like the nearby Amalfi Coast, will play an ideal supporting role to university student athletes in action. Just imagine playing for the Universiade tennis title beside the Gulf of Napoli beachfront, with the shadow of Mount Vesuvius to one side and the island of Capri to the other. As a backdrop for competitive summer sport, it does not get more impressive than this.
It is not all UNESCO World Heritage sites and wood-fired pizzerias in Napoli. Sports are a way of life in Italy’s third-largest city. Walking along the famously narrow streets of Napoli, pick-up football games spring up in unexpected corners of the city as passionate fans crowd around café televisions whenever S.S.C. Napoli and other teams play.
From the hub of the city to the whole of the region, there are plenty of options for people to either participate in or watch from the sidelines as a sports spectator.
The 2019 Summer Universiade hosts are prepared to run an efficient operation - one that leaves refurbished sports venues throughout the Campania region for people to enjoy for years. With the passion of sports pulsing through the city, Napoli 2019 should give further inspiration to add sports to people’s daily lives, particularly on the university campus.
Even when the Universiade flame is extinguished, these Games are poised to leave a shining legacy.
Taipei scores big with Summer Universiade 2017
Preparations for Taipei’s coming-out party as host to high-profile, world-class events were years in the making. Taipei organisers and city planners saw the Universiade as much more than an international sporting event.
When athletes from around the world walked into Taipei Stadium for the Opening Ceremony of the Universiade, the stage was set for this to be a city-transforming social movement. Since winning the right to host the event to after the FISU flame was extinguished to mark the end of the 2017 Summer Universiade, Taipei’s commitment to urban revitalisation and public participation has only grown. Taipei shined bright on the world stage.