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Introduction

The Summer World University Games are staged every two years in a different city. This celebration of international university sports and culture draws many thousands of student-athletes together to compete, making it among the world's largest and most prestigious multi-sport events.

 

Embracing the FISU motto of ‘Today’s Stars, Tomorrow’s Leaders,’ the Summer World University Games incorporate educational and cultural aspects, encouraging student-athletes from around the world to combine high sports performance with their intellectual pursuits.

 

The twelve-day World University Games competition programme includes fifteen compulsory sports. To stay on the forefront of sports development and innovation, organisers may also include up to three optional sports from the FISU Recognised Sports list and World University Championships programme into their event.

 

In 2003, the Daegu Summer Universiade saw a record 174 countries compete in the Republic of Korea. Ten years later, the Kazan Summer Universiade drew a record 11,759 participants to this Russian city.  

summer WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES (UNIVERSIADE)

All Events Summer World University Games

2023

Ekaterinburg (RUS), 8-19 August 

2021

 Chengdu (CHN), 18-29 August

2019

Napoli (ITA), 3-14 July

2017

Taipei City (TPE), 19-30 August

2009

Belgrade (SRB) 1-12 July

2005

Izmir (TUR)

latest Summer World University Games News

Napoli 2019 welcomed the world to the Summer Universiade’s 60th birthday

Sitting just south of Rome, the city of Napoli artfully combined the dynamism of university sport with the region’s rich culture and history. It was particularly fitting that an Italian city hosted the 30th edition of the Summer Universiade as the Universiade got its start six decades ago in Torino, Italy.

 

Check out what happened at the Napoli 2019 Summer Universiade!

 

 

Key Facts and Figures about the Summer World University Games

  • The largest global multi-sports event for student-athletes

  • 12 days of sports competitions

  • More than 10,000 student-athletes and officials from over 150 countries

  • 15 compulsory sports and up to 3 optional sports

  • Broadcast to more than 100 countries, drawing over 300 million viewers

 

Summer World University Games Department

At FISU, the Summer World University Games Department assists and oversees all operational, administrative and logistical support that ensures the success of the largest university multi-sport event in the world.

 

The Summer World University Games Department oversees all stages of a Summer World University Games, from candidatures to competition to legacy development. The Department serves as the link between the different organising committees, National University Sport Federations (NUSFs) and international sports federations.

 

The Summer World University Games team assists the FISU Executive Committee and various FISU committees as they play their very important roles in their respective areas in the management of the World University Games where transfer of knowledge is paramount.

 

FISU staff and Summer World University Games organisers work directly with specific FISU Committees to deliver a successful event.

 

Summer World University Games Sports Programme

The programme of the Summer World University Games currently includes 15 compulsory sports and up to 3 optional sports:

Archery
Artistic Gymnastics
Athletics
Badminton
Basketball
Diving
Fencing
Judo
Rhythmic Gymnastics
Swimming
Table Tennis
Taekwondo
Tennis
Volleyball
Water Polo

 

In 2019, the list of compulsory sports was expanded as Archery became part of the programme. In 2021, Badminton also becomes a compulsory sport. Summer World University Games hosts may request that optional sports be included into their edition of the event.

 

Depending on an Organising Committee's interests, they may choose up to three optional sports for inclusion into their Games. These sports must come from the list of the World University Championships (WUC) sports programme. For the more recent Universiades in Shenzhen (CHN), Kazan (RUS) and Gwangju (KOR), the total number of sports featured at the events reached 24, 27 and 21, respectively. To reduce the magnitude of hosting a World University Games event for future candidate cities, FISU now holds optional sports to no more than three at each event edition.

 

Summer World University Games (formerly Universiade) Statistics

The statistics book is currently being updated to include results and information from the Taipei 2017 and Napoli 2019 Summer World University Games.

 

Hosting 

For more info regarding the hosting go to the hosting page.

 

Contact

For more information, please contact the SU Department at summer.universiade@fisu.net.