The 2015 Summer Universiade will take place in Gwangju Korea
The 2015 Summer Universiade, the XXVIII Summer Universiade, is scheduled for Gwangju, South Korea. It will take place in Gwangju, from July 3 to July 14, 2015.
Compulsory sports (13 sports)
Artistic Gymnastics, Athletics, Basketball, Diving, Fencing, Football, Judo, Rhythmic Gymnastics, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis, Volleyball, Water Polo
Some 170 countries from around the world send athletes to participate in this event. The 2011 Universiade in Shenzhen, China holds the record for the most participating athletes at 10,622. The 2003 Universiade in Daegu, Korea holds the record for the most participating countries with 174. Taekwondo was chosen as an optional sport in the 22nd Universiade in Daegu, Korea in 2003 and also held in the 23rd event in Izmir, Turkey and the 24th event in Bangkok, Thailand. Athletes began competing in pumsae, following sparring, another taekwondo event, from the 2009 Summer Universiade in Belgrade, Serbia. The FISU Executive Committee meeting in Erzurum, Turkey held from November 13 to 14, 2009 formally adopted taekwondo as an official sport.
Universiade is a combination of “University” and “Olympiade”
The Universiade is an international sporting event organized by FISU (International University Sports Federation). Held under FISU’s motto, ‘Excellence in Mind and Body,’ university students from around the world participate in this event to advance the development of education and culture, build friendship through sport, and honor sportsmanship.
The largest multi-sport event after the Olympics
The Universiade is held every other year on odd-number years. As a multi-sport event with international participation from university students, it is the largest sporting event after the Olympics. The event is divided into the Summer Universiade and the Winter Universiade with each being held in different cities. To be eligible to participate in the Universiade, athletes should be undergraduate or graduate students between the ages of 17 and 28 as of January 1 of the year the Universiade is being held or have graduated in the year immediately preceding the year of the event.
48% of Olympic medalists are also Universiade medalists
Universiade records in most sports, including track and field and swimming, surpass those of the Asian Games, and in most countries, university athletes are nurtured as the next-generation leaders in sport.