2017 Summer Universiade
The 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 Summer Universiade consists of 10 compulsory sports with 13 compulsory disciplines and up to 3 optional sports chosen by the host country. The record figures are 10,622 participants in Shenzhen, China, in 2011 and 174 countries in Daegu, Korea, in 2003.
Embracing FISU’s motto of ‘Excellence in Mind and Body’, the Summer Universiade incorporates educational and cultural aspects into 12 days of sports competitions, allowing university student-athletes from all over the world to celebrate with the host city in a true spirit of friendship and sportsmanship.
Key facts about the Summer Universiade (SU)
- The only summer multi-sport event in the world that connects students at both academic and athletic levels
- 12 days of sports competitions
- More than 9,000 student-athletes and officials from over 170 countries
- 13 compulsory disciplines and up to 3 optional sports
- Volunteers and participants are students, generally of the same age
- Broadcasted by more than 100 TV channels
Summer Universiade Organization
Within the chart of the FISU Secretariat, the Summer Universiade Department is in charge of daily administrative and logistical issues. It serves as the main 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 Summer Universiade, e.g. the Summer 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.
Summer Universiade Sports Program
The programme of the Universiade currently includes 10 compulsory sports (13 compulsory disciplines) and up to 3 optional sports:
- Artistic Gymnastics
- Rhythmic Gymnastics
- Water Polo
- Table Tennis
As of 2017 the list of compulsory sports will be expanded with taekwondo included into the sports programme, as well as archery in 2019. Optional sports vary from one Summer Universiade to another. Depending on their own interests, Organising Committees may choose from the list of the World University Championships (WUC) up to 3 optional sports to be included in their specific sports programme. For the most recent Universiades in Shenzhen (CHN) and Kazan (RUS), the total number of sports has reached a peak with 24 and 27 sports featured respectively. In order to reduce the scale of the Universiade and more easily find future candidate cities, FISU prefers that the number of optional sports remains within a reasonable range, i.e. no more than 3.