University Games? Universiade? [en]

5 Aug

University Games in BangkokUSA

What are the World University Games or the Universiade?

A lot of people have asked me this question, and I never really knew how to answer them correctly. “It’s like the World Championships of different sports that are held at one venue and is only for students” or “Olympic Games for Students” were my best answers. But here is the official explanation as it was given in the “Universiade Daily” the local University Games Newspaper.

“The Universiade is an international multi-sport event and cultural festival, organized for university students by the International University Sports Federation (FISU). The name is a combination of the words “University” and “Olympiad”. The Universiade is often referred in English as the World University Games or the World Student Games.”

Here some more facts about the Universiade:

  • The Universiad is staged every two years in a different city and is second in importance only to the Olympic Games.
  • The Summer Universiade consists of 12 compulsory sports (athletics, basketball, fencing, football, gymnastics, judo, swimming, diving, water polo, table tennis, tennis and volleyball) and up to three optional sports chosen by the host country.
  • The biggest Universiades on recored were in 2005 when 7805 athletes took part in Izmir, Turkey and in 2003 when athletes from 174 countries contested the games in Daegu, South Korea.
  • The Winter Universiade consists of seven compulsory sports (alpine skiing, Nordic skiing composed of jump, cross, country and combined, curling ice hockey, short-track, speed skating, figure skating and biathlon) and one or two optional sports also chosen by the host country. A record of 2223 participants from 50 countries contested the Winter Universiad in Innsbruck, Austria in 2005.
  • For this years Universiade, the Organization comity is expecting more than 10’000 athletes from 151 countries.

Source: Universiade Daily, August 5, 2007

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One Response to “University Games? Universiade? [en]”

  1. Rachel Monday, August 6, 2007 at 1:11 am #

    My most recent cheer for you:
    (Sung to the tune of the “Ole! Ole! Ole! futball song)
    Marcooo Marco Marco Marcoooooo MARCO MARCOOo
    MARCO MARCO MARCO MARCOOOOOOO MARCOOOOOOO!!!!

    Not very clever, but it gets my point across!!!

    I also tried: I love you i love you i love you….but there were too many syllables!

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