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1983, 12th Summer Universiade

Edmonton, Canada - July 1st to 12th, 1983

 

Mascot

Name: WUGIE

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1985, 13th Summer Universiade

Kobe, Japan - August 24th to September 4th, 1985

 

Mascot

Name: UNITAN

Artist: Osamu Tezuka

History: The mascot of the Kobe Universiade is a red-crested white crane which is symbolic of Japan. From olden times it has been considered to be a bird of good omen. The crane flying dynamically with large wings wide spread evokes the image of the Universiade, the sporting festival of students, full of youth, passion and health. The name 'Unitan' was chosen from some 8,000 suggestions received from throughout the country. The name is derived from a combination of 'uni' from 'Universiade' and 'tan' from the Japanese name for red-crested crane, namely 'tancho-tsuru'.

Special Feature: For the first time a Universiade mascot appeared in more than one pose. Unitan appeared in sixteen different poses, including those depicting each of the ten competitive events and taking the athletes' pledge or carrying the sacred torch.

 

1987, 14th Summer Universiade

Zagreb, Yugoslavia - July 8th to 19th, 1987

 

Mascot

Name: Zagi

Artist: Nedjeljko Dragic

History: the mascot of the 1987 Summer Universiade is a squirrel, a resident of Zagreb's parks, amiable and always in a good mood. Its nonchalance and gaiety are but a cover for diligence... Always on the move and reaching for the seemingly impossible, the squirrel embodies the dynamism of athletic endeavour. Its origin is shown by the little black hat, characteristic of the folk costumes in the region of Zagreb.

 

1989, 15th Summer Universiade

Duisburg, Germany - August 22nd to 30th, 1989

 

No mascot

 

1991, 16th Summer Universiade

Sheffield, Great Britain - July 14th to 25th, 1991

 

No mascot

 

1993, 17th Summer Universiade

Buffalo, USA - July 8th to 18th, 1993

 

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1995, 18th Summer Universiade

Fukuoka, Japan - August 23rd to September 3rd, 1995

 

Mascot

Name: KAPAPOO

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History: The mascot depicts a unicorn. The unicorn, a mythical creature has the body of a horse with a single horn extending from its forehead. The unicorn is said to be invincible and tireless. It symbolizes courage, dignity, wisdom, nobility, justice and represents the sun and heroes.

 

 

1997, 19th Summer Universiade

Sicely, Italy - August 19th to 31st, 1997

 

Mascot

Name: ARCHIMEDE

Artist: Ettore Massara & Rosaliella Stagno

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1999, 20th Summer Universiade

Palma, Spain - July 3rd to 13th, 1999

 

Mascot

Name: SIULO

Artist: Miguel Angel Coll

History: The Palma mascot is based on the typical ancient Mallorcan toys, the Siurells. These toys are made of baked clay and are formed into various characters (horses with horsemen, demons, peasants, etc.). They also have a built-in whistle which gave them their name. The basic colors of the macot are black, white, red, green and gray and its outline can be bent into various shapes which gives the mascot the sensation of movement.

 

2001, 21st Summer Universiade

Beijing, China - August 22nd to September 1st, 2001

 

Mascot

Name: LALA

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History: The Yangtze crocodile is one of China's most treasured animals. It is named "Lala", meaning "cheer on". The Crocodile, the living fossil, symbolizes China's march into the new century. An active, lovely, humorous and friendly cartoon character that is full of adolescence is created by the means of personification. It shows the vigor of the confident, diligent and challenging Chinese colleges students. "Lala" welcomes the friends from all over the world with its lovely smiling figure.

 

2003, 22nd Summer Universiade

Daegu, Korea - August 21st to 31st, 2003

 

Mascot

Name: DREAMI

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History: The letter 'U' on the mascot's head stands for the acronym of the Universiade. The rainbow represents the fashion and textile industry Daegu is famous for, as well as the environmentally friendly city and also expresses the dream for unity. The cyber character represents the challenging spirit towards the future.

 

2005, 23rd Summer Universiade

Izmir, Turkey - July 2005

Mascot

Name: EFE Efes are the leaders and heroes of societies that lived in Western Anatolia during the early nineties. The village dandy Efe, guards and defends all the members of his society and also deals with all kinds of their social work and events as if he is the father of all. For this reason, all the members of the society behave respectfully towards him with strong, emotional, family ties. The Efes were legends in these areas with their smart, fearless, alert dashing behaviors as brave and manly young fellows. They became the symbol of braveness, power and justice throughout the Aegean history. Nowadays, the word “Efe” is the explanation of a virtuous, brave man who is the symbol of justice in every case. Therefore, we call successful athletes “Efe” stating their various qualifications in one brief word.

Artist: Abdurahman Tekin

History: The Universiade mascot is the charming Halcyon Smyrnensis which is one of the rare migrating birds of the Izmir Bird Paradise, named after the ancient Latin name of the town of Izmir... Being able to live in different conditions (forests, inland, riverside and shores), the bird symbolizes the Universiade spirit, where the energy and dynamism of different sports unite . You can see the eager look in his brilliant eyes, definitely looking forward to meet the world youth in his homeland Izmir, in 2005.

 

2007, 24th Summer Universiade

Bangkok, Thailand - August 8th to 18th, 2007

 

Mascot

Name: Mighty Mai-Tri

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2009, 25th Summer Universiade

Belgrade, Serbia - July 1st to 12th, 2009

 

Mascot

Name: (sparrow)

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History: Why a sparrow? Because the sparrow is always what we rarely manage to be: cheerful, modest, friendly, content, asking for little - and giving a lot. Because a big city should have a small bird for a mascot (rather than the other way around). Because we ought to learn from the sparrow for a change. Because it’s incredible how much life can fit in such a small bird (have you ever seen a sparrow at rest?). Because the sparrow symbolizes the special Belgrade spirit - capable of soaring to unimaginable heights. So, without flying in circles, we’ve chosen the sparrow to be the Belgrade’s mascot (the question is are the sparrows agreed?).

 

2011 Summer Universiade

Shenzhen, China - August 12th to 23rd, 2011

 

Mascot

Name: UU

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History: UU, the mascot of the 26th Summer Universiade evolved from the event's logo 'Happy U'. UU is shining, lively and colorful as well as futuristic. UU is a lovable smiling face. The designer tried to break away from the tradition of the Universiades' mascots that were based on animals and plants. Shiny and colorful material helps point out to the future, without any implication od ideology, politics and religion. UU comes from the future and symbolizes the beginning of a new era.

 

2013, 27th Summer Universiade

Kazan, Russia - July 6th to 17th, 2013

 

 

 

 

Mascot

Name: 'UNI', the winged snow leopard

Artist: unknown

History: the winged snow leopard is the national symbol of the Republic of Tatarstan. Stylised, this creature is represented on the national emblem of Tatarstan.

 

2015, 28th Summer Universiade

Gwangju, Korea - July 3rd to 14th, 2015

 

Mascot

Name: 'NURIBI', “Angel of light that spreads the hope of creation throughout the world “

Artist: unknown

History: The name Nuribi is a combination of the Korean words ‘nuri’ for world and ‘bi’ for fly. Nuribi is a messenger of light and a bridge of communication amongst the world’s youth. It serves as a symbol to introduce the ‘EPIC’ vision of the Gwangju Universiade: environmentally-friendliness, peace, IT, and culture. It also represents the unfolding wings of creation to deliver the ‘light of Gwangju’ to the world.The emblem and mascot together form a consistent identity of light representing Gwangju, the city of light.

 


2017, 29th Summer Universiade

Taipei City, Chinese Taipei - 19-30 August, 2017

 

Mascot

Name: Bravo

Artist: unknown

History: The powerful and courageous Formosan Black Bear (Ursus thibetanus formosanus) is chosen as the mascot for the event. Employing gradient colors from black to grayish tones with a gold medal representing victory. The mascot best symbolizes athletes' self-challenge and pursuit for excellence. The friendly mascot will serve as the cheerleader captain, transmitting messages of hope and joy to all Universiade participants while welcoming athletes from around the world to make themselves at home in Taipei.

 

1983, 12th Summer Universiade

Edmonton, Canada - July 1st to 12th, 1983

 

Mascot

Name: WUGIE

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