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15 July 2022 | in Summer FISU World University Games

Stefan Kürten : Rhine-Ruhr 2025 will be more than a sports event!

The Rhine-Ruhr 2025 FISU World University Games Summer will be held in the North Rhine Westphalia region of Germany from 16-27 July 2025.


Around 10,000 student-athletes, aged 25 and under, and officials from up to 170 countries are expected in the region, for one of the world's largest multi-sport events after the Olympic and Paralympic Games.


The athletes will compete in 18 sports over 12 days in Bochum, Duisburg, Düsseldorf, Essen and Mülheim an der Ruhr.


The work towards getting all the pieces together to host the event are in full swing, and Germany's vision goes far beyond the stadium.


The Rhine-Ruhr 2025 promises an innovative and sustainable celebration of sport that will inspire the population and inspire the youth to take advantage of the region's diverse offerings in sports, culture, science or industry, as Rhine-Ruhr 2025 CEO Stefan Kürten explains.


"We want to present Games that are there for everyone, that take into account the wishes of the youth and also presents North Rhine-Westphalia in its diversity with all its possibilities," he said.


"In addition to a good strategy, it is of course particularly important for us to anchor the Rhine-Ruhr 2025 World University Games in the public's consciousness. An active participation process of the population and also the universities and students is therefore planned,” he added.


"We want students from all over the world to come to the Rhine-Ruhr region, experience the event and get to know the region - a metropolitan region that is looking to the future and developing into a centre for research, technology and sustainable projects."


Rhine-Ruhr will also be collaborating with the other major events lined-up in Germany – European Championships Munich 2022, Berlin 2023 Special Olympics World Games and UEFA Euro 2024.


"We have interacted with these high-profile events. We see ourselves as a string of pearls of sporting events, where each event tries to build on the previous one and become better. We also want to present our event in the best possible way and showcase Germany as a beautiful, culturally diverse and sustainable sporting location. Rhine-Ruhr 2025’s success will play a massive role in promoting sports, science and culture in the region,” Kürten said.


"The Games will give a new impetus to sport, culture and science in Germany. These Games are about showing the younger generations that the experiences of the athletes and those who are inspired by the event will be of great benefit to their future. In the end, if the athletes, spectators and followers can go home with unforgettable memories and a positive impression, then we have done our job.”


Thanking stakeholders and partners for their limitless support, Kürten added: “All stakeholders have shown a great level of interest. I‘m sure, together as a team, we can make our Games special and set a benchmark for generations to follow.”


The Games are held in partnership with FISU, the General German University Sports Association (adh) in close cooperation with the Federal Ministry of the Interior and Community, the State Chancellery of North Rhine-Westphalia, and the municipalities of Bochum, Duisburg, Düsseldorf, Essen and Mülheim an der Ruhr, the adh member universities and other partners in organised sports and science.