The Winter Universiade is an international sporting and cultural festival which is staged every two years in a different city. It is only second to the Olympic Games. The programme of the Winter Universiade currently includes 6 compulsory sports (10 compulsory disciplines) and 1 or 2 optional sports chosen by the host country. It gathered a record of 2,511 participants in Torino, Italy, in 2007 and a record number of 52 countries in Erzurum, Turkey, in 2011.
Embracing FISU’s motto of 'Excellence in Mind and Body', the Winter Universiade incorporates educational and cultural aspects into 11 days of sports competitions, allowing university student-athletes worldwide to celebrate with the host city in a true spirit of friendship and sportsmanship.
Within the FISU chart, the Winter Universiade Department is in charge of all administrative and logistical issues. It also serves as the link between the different Organising Committees, delegations and international sports federations.
In addition to this team, various FISU committees play very important roles in their respective areas in the management of the Winter Universiade, e.g. the Winter Universiade Supervision Committee (CSU), the International Technical Committee (CTI), the International Medical Committee (CMI), the International Control Committee (CIC), the International Press Committee (CIP), etc.
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26th Winter Universiade, Trentino, Italy
Date: December 11th-21st, 2013
Trentino is located in the heart of the Alps, on a mountainous territory that has always been a link between the Mediterranean area and Central Europe. Trentino offers visitors a natural environment of incomparable beauty.
As regards sport, Trentino has cutting-edge sports facilities. Those who love mountains have an extensive choice: there are 1300 kms of ski slopes and cross-country-skiing tracks, many mountain trails to walk or cycle along with a mountain bike, hundreds of rock faces to climb and much more.
Trentino has always been the land of important sporting events, starting from the Alpine Skiing and Cross-Country Skiing World Cups, to the Mountain Bike World Championship and the Snowboard World Championship. About 100 international events take place in Trentino every year.
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27th Winter Universiade, Granada, Spain
Granada is a city that is renowned for its history and its rich cultural and social life. It is one of the world’s top tourist destinations, a melting pot of cultures, a land with ancient history, with a major artistic heritage that includes prehistory, as well as the Roman, Muslim and Christian periods. Its metropolitan area has a population of 536,026 inhabitants and the provinces, the main cities of which are just a two-hour drive away from Granada, have a total of 6,500,000 inhabitants. This ensures a large number of spectators. One of the most important in Spain, the University of Granada is nearly 500 years old. It is recognised internationally in all spheres of university life (teaching, research, culture and services) and it is the favourite European destination for student exchange programmes.
Granada is a sports city. It has recently hosted the European Basketball Championship and held the World Karate Championship in 1992. Year after year it is becoming the setting of important sporting events. Its history in terms of event organisation includes a number of World Trial Championships, the European Futsal Championship, the European Gymnastics Championship, the Enduro Six Day Competition and many more. Granada’s link with skiing competitions is now a tradition. In 1996 the ski resort of Sierra Nevada organised the World Alpine skiing Championships, and it also hosted European and World Cup trials for alpine skiing, snowboarding and freestyle.
The 2015 Winter Universiade in Granada rests on a high level of infrastructure and experience in investment planning, which will enable to improve services, the economy and employment. It will also allow to elevate the sporting level of winter sports in Spain, Granada and its university, based on a model of productivity and economic sustainability. Therefore, the 2015 Winter Universiade is a productive investment project, the legacy of which can be broken down into:
The City of Granada: construction of a permanent ice facility with two standard rinks and the National Modernisation Centre of the Spanish Ice Sports Federation.
The University of Granada: remodelling of the sports facilities on the university campus and creation of a new sports arena to be used temporarily for ice sports.
The Sierra Nevada Ski Resort: remodelling and adaption of the alpine-skiing competition stadium with a new track for the speed event.
The Puerto de la Ragua Cross-Country Ski Resort: adaption of the trails to the creation of a permanent cross-country-skiing circuit and a temporary biathlon circuit.
28th Winter Universiade, Almaty, Kazakhstan
One of the oldest cities in the country, Almaty is a city of young people. A third of its population is 30 years old or younger. Almaty has more universities than any other cities in Kazakhstan. It is also a city of sport with modern competition and training facilities. Almaty hosts the highest number of various sporting events and campaigns to promote a healthy lifestyle – over 250 events annually. The landscape of Almaty allows each of its inhabitants to have an active and interesting lifestyle and go in for their favourite sports. The most popular sports in Almaty are skiing and snowboarding.
In Kazakh the word 'alma' means apple; and Almaty is literally translated as 'rich in apples'. The city was named in honour of apples, which have grown there since ancient times. This is why the emblem of Almaty, and of the whole Seven Rivers region, bears the image of this fruit. Almaty has an ancient and rich history. As a transit point on the Silk Road, the city was an international trade hub in Central Asia. Silk traders from China as well as ivory and spice sellers from India would meet there to leave a unique trace on the culture of the city. The city has been home to many prominent figures of science, arts, culture and education, who made important contributions to the cultural development of Kazakhstan. Today Almaty has a well-developed cultural infrastructure and skilled human resources, and it is home to the leading theatre, arts museum and library organisations of Kazakhstan.
Almaty regularly hosts international cultural events such as the international music festival 'Voice of Asia', the International Eurasia Film Festival and the International Jazz Festival.
The hosting of the 2017 Winter Universiade in Almaty will have a positive impact on the city and its inhabitants. It will foster a new wave of future leaders and inspire new achievements aiming at sustainable development through the prism of the Universiade and university sports.
Infrastructure: construction of new roads and improvement of the transportation system, construction of new sports facilities and of a university campus that will utilise advanced power-saving and environmentally-friendly technology
Education: training programme for sports reporters, sports doctors, sports event managers and sports tourism managers
Health care: a positive effect on the health of Almaty inhabitants, increasing their life expectancy and level of comfort
Tourism: an intensive development of tourist infrastructures (increase in the number of hotels and ski resorts) is planned during the preparation process of the Universiade.