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14 May 2019 | in Summer FISU World University Games

50 days to go for Napoli 2019!

The countdown to Napoli 2019 Summer Universiade has well and truly begun. The 30th edition of the event, to be held from 3-14 July 2019, promises to be a unique one, not least because of the breathtaking setting in Italy’s sun-soaked Campania region.


In what is FISU’s 70th anniversary year, the Universiade returns to the country of its origin – the very first one was held in Torino in 1959. Fittingly, this edition is all set to be a record breaking one in terms of participation.


About 9,300 athletes and delegates from 128 countries will take part in the Universiade. The home team leads the field with more than 400 athletes and officials, followed by USA and Russian Federation with more than 350 each. Very strong representation is also expected from Asian sporting giants China (People’s Rep. of), Japan and Korea, all with between 250-300 entries.


The Napoli 2019 sports programme includes 222 medal events in the 15 compulsory sports – Archery, Athletics, Basketball, Diving, Fencing, Football, Judo, Gymnastics (Artistic and Rhythmic), Swimming, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Tennis, Volleyball and Water Polo – and three optional sports of Rugby Sevens, Sailing and Shooting Sport.


The city of Napoli has made huge undertakings in preparing for the Universiade, spending 86 million euros to renovate a total of 58 sports venues, which include 34 competition venues and 24 training facilities. The arenas for competition include iconic venues like the San Paolo stadium which will host Athletics and the historic Royal Palace Caserta where Archery will be held. The full competition schedule can be found here.


The most eagerly awaited venue of all though, is the Athlete’s Village which for the first time in multi-sport event history, will be partly housed on board two luxury liner cruise ships. The MSC Lirica and Costa Victoria will host about 4000 delegates at this unique Athlete’s Village.


Media accreditation for the Napoli 2019 Summer Universiade closes on May 15. The procedure may be started by filling in the online accreditation form available on the event's official website.  

The main athletes' village took place on two luxury cruise liners, with dedicated Universiade traffic lanes and energy-efficient busses bringing teams to training and competition venues