Who can compete at Universiade?


The Winter Universiade 2017 in Almaty

The Universiade – an international multi-sport event which is organised for university athletes – is held under the auspices of the International University Sports Federation (FISU). Students of all levels graduating the year before the Universiade and who are between the ages of 17 and 28 can take part in the competitions.

Kazakhstan has been participating in the Universiade since 1993. More than 700 participants have attended, with 125 medals having been won so far.

On November 29, 2011, FISU announced that Almaty was going to be the city hosting the 28th Winter Universiade in 2017. Kazakhstan is the first among CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) countries to host the Winter Universiade.

The Key Facts:

The 2017 Universiade will take place in Almaty from 29 January till 8 February.

The Organising Committee of the 28th Winter Universiade is chaired by the Deputy Prime Minister...

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Oyama's Austin White is competing in Almaty, Kazakhstan, at the 28th Winter Universiade.

White will race Thursday in men’s snowboard cross at the university games.

Canada came oh-so-close to capturing its first medal of the games on Tuesday, when snowboarder Jennifer Hawkrigg of Toronto placed fourth in the women’s parallel slalom.

Hawkrigg had a shot at the podium, but suffered a knee injury after her second semifinal race, which slowed her down.

Other Canadian highlights on the fourth day of competition included an impressive win over perennial contender Sweden in women’s curling, as well as a solid first run in the women’s combined by alpine skier Hannah Schmidt of Dunrobin, Ont.

The Winter Universiade is a biennial international multi-sport event open to competitors who are full-time post-secondary students.

The Almaty games include: alpine skiing, biathlon, ice hockey, curling, cross country skiing, short...

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The Russian national team at the Universiade in Alma-Ata (Kazakhstan) will be solving most high tasks, Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko told TASS on Jan. 29.

The Universiade opening is due on Jan. 29. The competitions will continue to February 8.

"We are paying special attention to students’ sports," the official said. "The Universiade features leaders of students’ sports, the closest reserve of the national team, thus, like always, our team unites good athletes, many of who are promising, serious athletes."

"Our team has always been among leaders of students’ sports, and thus, of course, in Alma-Ata our team will be competing for the highest positions," he added.

The upcoming competitions offer wonderful opportunities for athletes to demonstrate themselves as further reserve of the national team, he told TASS.

"No doubt, this Universiade is special," he continued. "This year, will take place world championships in all winter sports, many...

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The 2009 Summer Universiade, officially known as the XXV Summer Universiade was celebrated in Belgrade, Serbia from July 1 to 12, 2009. The event has also been organised by a range of co-host cities mostly in Vojvodina (Serbian Autonomous Province), close to Belgrade. It was the largest sporting event ever to be organised by the city. At this Universiade the biggest star was the Russian rhythmic gymnast Evgeniya Kanaeva who won 5 gold medals. Russia was the leading nation in the medal table, with most gold medals (27) and most medals (76).

The bidding process[edit]

The bidding process for the 2009 Summer Universiade games began in early 2004. Together with Belgrade another two cities bid for the event - Monterrey in Mexico and...

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It is always nice to see a skater who has given it their all, but never quite been able to break into the elite ranks, enjoy success on a big stage.

Such was the case last week for 19-year-old Rin Nitaya, who claimed the silver medal at the Winter Universiade in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

The Winter Universiade is staged every two years and features student-athletes age 17-28 from over 50 countries. Many of these competitors will go on to succeed in business and life, but may not get the athletic accolades they so desire because they don’t quite have the skill level of some of their contemporaries. That doesn’t lessen their love for sports any less, however.

Nitaya’s story is truly heartwarming. The Nishinomiya, Hyogo Prefecture, native has been around for years, but to this point has not even garnered a senior Grand Prix assignment.

In fact, she has skated in the junior ranks for the past four seasons, often against much younger competitors. Skating in the...

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LAUSANNE – Many former Universiade participants compete at the IAAF Athletics World Championships. This year’s 15th edition in Beijing, China was no exception. Looking only at the athletes who made the finals of each discipline, we count 127 former Universiade student-athletes. 31 of them won a medal, i.e. 10 gold, 8 silver and 13 bronze. This means that ten former Universiade participants (six men and four women) became a World Champion in their discipline this year.

Pawel Fajdek (POL) winning gold in Kazan

The list of these ten is as follows:

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While many elite athletes have one eye on the London Olympics in just under a years time, for one group of student athletes from the University of Melbourne, their sights were set firmly on Shenzhen in China this August. That's where the 26th Summer Universiade, or World University Games, were held, with Australia sending athletes to compete in a variety of sports, everything from swimming to basketball. Eleven University of Melbourne students were part of the team that competed in China, the most successful Australian team yet to compete at the World Uni Games. The Uniroos team of nearly one hundred and fifty athletes finished with sixteen medals across sixteen different sports including five gold, three silver, and eight bronze. Swimmer Marieke Guehrer, who led the Australian swimming team to a games record in the four-by-100 metre freestyle relay, said the event was a fantastic experience. I just came back from the World Championships so it was great for...

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St Hugh’s College students, James Fowler and Rachel Wheatley have been selected to represent the British team in Judo at the European University Games this summer.

Later this month, two students from St Hugh’s will be heading to Croatia to compete in Judo at the European University Games on behalf of Great Britain. They will be part of a Judoka of 14 women and 14 men competing in Croatia, with two other students from the University of Oxford also selected for the team. Only the University of Bath have more representatives taking part, with five athletes – most of whom are sports performance students training full-time.

Selection for the competition is based on the results from the British University Championships Nationals in February, with the finalists being selected to compete. Rachel Wheatley (second year DPhil) and James Fowler (first year Law) won Silver in their respective categories.

Both Rachel and James began judo at a young age, with James entering...

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The Universiade

A youth analogue of the Olympic games—the University Sports Games or simply the Universiade—has been the second most important and representative complex international event on the world sports arena for more than 50 years.

The Universiade is the international sports competitions among students held under the aegis of the International University Sports Federation (FISU). The word Universiade originates from the words University and Olympiad (the Olympic Games).

Unlike the four-year Olympic cycle, the University Games take place every two years. Students, post-graduates and alumni (graduated in the two years prior to the Universiade) aged from 17 to 28 can become the participants of the competition.

The Universiade Programme includes compulsory and optional (additional) sports. FISU approves the list of compulsory sports for every University Games before the bidding campaign. The optional sports may be included into the programme at the...

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The 28th Summer Universiade began on July 3 in Gwangju, South Korea. The Mongolian team consists of 200 athletes competing in 12 sports: volleyball, athletics, judo, basketball, swimming, tennis, football, artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, fencing, baseball, golf, shooting, taekwondo, badminton, handball, table tennis, swimming and archery.
The Mongolian team has already won one gold and one bronze medal.

D.Sumiya becomes judo champion of Universiade 2015

On Day 3 of Universiade 2015, International Sports Master D.Sumiya fought in the women’s judo 57 kg event and claimed victory.
She defeated judokas from South Korea, the U.S., and France in a group match. In the semi-final fight, she beat Japanese judoka Yamamoto Anzu with a penalty and was selected to compete in the final round. In the final round she fought against Andrea Bekic of Croatia and won the gold medal.
D.Sumiya also captured a gold medal at the Chinggis Khaan...

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Mawejje being attended to by doctors

Uganda's only representative at the 28th Winter University games in Almaty, Kazakhstan Brolin Mawejje has pulled out of the competition after a heart attack on Saturday.

The US based student who was due to take part in the Snowboard men's slopestyle event on Sunday was advised by doctors to rest after tests revealed low blood levels and breath complications.

Mawejje in hospital with Penninah Kabenge

"Mawejje started complaining of dizziness and breath after a practice session before we knew it he couldn't move. It's a big blow for him but he will stabilize soon," explained Penninah Kabenge, president Association University Sports Uganda.

Mawejje a pre-med student, who has lived in the US since he was 12, was given the green light to represent Uganda by the Association University Sports Uganda after a visit to the country last October.

The 23 year old will now have to wait for the 2018 Winter...

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No less than 10 gold medals were decided on day four of the World University Games with the hosts Russia taking half of them in Kazan on Wednesday (10).

However, the plaudits for the best performance went to South African sprinter Anaso Jobodwana who added to his 100m title when he sped to the 200m crown in 20.00.

The 20-year-old student at Jackson State University in the USA will be mildly frustrated by the fact that the wind reading was 2.4 metres-per-second, but even though the breeze was too strong for record purposes, it didn’t invalidate what a fine run it was.

Jamaica’s Rasheed Dwyer and Japan’s Shota Iizuka were second and third in 20.23 and 20.33 respectively.

The first final of the afternoon was the women’s Hammer and the USA’s American collegiate (NCAA) champion, Jeneva McCall, clinched her global title with her third-round effort of 73.75m.

Russia’s 2013 world leader Oksana Kondratyeva had to be satisfied with silver with 72.22m while...

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Under which conditions are sportspeople eligible to compete at Universiade?

Additionally, I also wonder to which extent it is common that same person represents a country at both world championships and universiade.

I have tried to Google for universiade olympic medal site:wikipedia.org to see whether I find some people who won medals at both Universiade and Olympic games. Going through the first few pages of results of that search I have noticed Javier Sotomayor and Amanda Beard.

My guess is that this is less common in the most popular (and best paid) sports such as football, ice-hockey, basketball. (I suppose that not many players would risk injury at a less prestigious event. I am also not sure about the collision of the dates with other competitions; professional teams probably would not be willing to let an important team member to leave their professional team for Universiade.) However, I do not have any data to support this...

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The Oklahoma State Archery Club will send one of its members to compete in the 2015 Universiade Games at Gwangju, South Korea.

When she’s not studying or working, Oklahoma State University junior Brogan Williams of Stillwater is practicing her archery. In addition, she’s also the vice president of the archery club at OSU alongside the president, Gray Williams, her older brother. Their parents, Daryl and Shawna Williams, are the team’s coaches. Other officers for the club include secretary Megan Davis and treasurer Mylissa Stover.

“I have been shooting competitively for about a year and a half,” Davis said. “I enjoy the challenge of bettering my archery scores by trying new techniques and talking with more experienced shooters, and I hope to improve my shooting even more in my time here at Oklahoma State.”

A member of the 2015 Junior USA Archery Team, Williams is known as one of the best collegiate archers in the country. Over the last six years, she has...

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The Universiade is an international multi-sport event, organized for university athletes by the International University Sports Federation (FISU). The name is a combination of the words "University" and "olympiad". The Universiade is often referred to in English as the World University Games or World Student Games; however, this latter term can also refer to competitions for sub-University grades students.[citation needed] The Universiade is the largest[vague] multi-sport event in the world apart from the Olympic Games.[1] The most recent games were in 2015: the Winter Universiade was split between Granada in Spain and...

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January 17, 2007 — Italy seems to be everyone\’s darling destination, both for work and play. This January 17-27, seven University of Utah (the U) athletes will play hard in the 2007 Winter World University Games in Torino, Italy. Ashlee Barnett, Becky Lang, April Medley, James Cholweinski, Patrick Meek, and Matthew Plummer will join the United States long track speed skating team and Tague Thorson of the U\’s ski team will represent the U.S. in alpine skiing.

The World University Games, also known as the Universiade, are an international multi-sport gathering organized for university athletes who are registered for a full course of study at a university or have obtained their degrees within a year of the games. A combination of the words \”university\” and \”Olympiad,\” the Universiade is held every two years, summer and winter, for student athletes between the ages of 17 and 28. Arguably the most important international event after the Olympics, the Universiade brings...

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If you were to pick a dark horse team to win the women’s curling provincials this February, Kelsey Rocque’s team would have been at the top of the list — but you’re going to have wait a year.

Rocque and teammate Taylor McDonald will be wearing the Maple Leaf at the 2017 Winter Universiade in Almaty, Kazakhstan during that time and won’t be competing at provincials this year.

Rocque qualified for the Universiade after winning the CIS national championship last year for the University of Alberta Pandas.

“All four of us are taking a step back from provincials,” said Rocque on Saturday after her team finished the round-robin with a 4-1 record and clinched a playoff spot in the 2016 HDF Insurance Shootout at the Saville Centre this week.

“It sucks, because we feel bad for Jen (Gates) and Laura (Crocker), because they won’t be playing at Universiade, but they’ve both been there… they know what a great experience it is and they’re extremely supportive of the...

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(STILLWATER, Ok) – The Oklahoma State Archery Club will send one of its members to compete in the 2015 Universiade Games at Gwangju, South Korea.

When she's not studying or working, Oklahoma State University junior Brogan Williams of Stillwater is practicing her archery. In addition, she's also the vice president of the archery club at OSU alongside the president, Gray Williams, her older brother. Their parents, Daryl and Shawna Williams, are the team's coaches. Other officers for the club include secretary Megan Davis and treasurer Mylissa Stover.

"I have been shooting competitively for about a year and a half," Davis said. "I enjoy the challenge of bettering my archery scores by trying new techniques and talking with more experienced shooters, and I hope to improve my shooting even more in my time here at Oklahoma State."

A member of the 2015 Junior USA Archery Team, Williams is known as one of the best collegiate archers in the...

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The History of Taekwondo in FISU

When taekwondo became a modern sport, it preserved the spirit of a two-thousand–year-old martial art, as well as its force and appeal. The World Taekwondo Federation had already promoted the discipline through international college events. The first World University Taekwondo Championship was held in 1986 at the University of California, in Berkeley, near San Francisco, on the initiative of the US University Sports Association. A close collaboration was created at that time between the Organising Committee, the Taekwondo World Federation and FISU. As a result, the high participation level was achieved at this "premiere". Korea already dominated in the number of medals, and this trend was to strengthen with time. During the 1996 edition in Saint Petersburg, Korea showed no mercy, taking 10 medals out of 16. This astonishing performance was repeated in 1998 by this country where taekwondo is an established tradition. In Korea, taekwondo is...

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There’s a basic problem with trying to get universities to compete with one another: most of them are structurally incapable of following any coherent competitive strategy at all.

Michael Porter posited that there were basically three generic types of competitive strategies. Those competing on a broad scale could compete on cost (e.g., WalMart), or they could compete on product differentiation that allows them to charge a premium (e.g., Apple, Mercedes-Benz). A third option is to limit oneself to a particular niche and compete in a very small market (e.g., Porter Airlines, which only tries to serve a few destinations).

Universities have a hard time restricting themselves to niches, as breadth is one of the things that distinguishes universities as an institutional type. Competing on cost is also extremely difficult for them to do. That’s not just because of their well-known tendency to conflate quality and expenditures; it’s because low-cost (and hence low-margin)...

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2017 Games Requirements

The Universiades and Championships are open to all student athletes that have not been out of university or its equivalent for more than a year and that are between 17 and 28 years old. Any association or national federation which is recognized by the US-IUSF (and in turn, FISU) is eligible to nominate a team or individual competitor in a sport represented in the current World University Games competition.

Each athlete must meet the following specific criteria in order to be eligible.

United States Citizen and able to obtain a US Passport. Born between January 1, 1989 and December 31, 1999. For basketball, the athlete must be born after January 1, 1992 and before December 31, 1999. Have taken at least one 3-credit course towards a degree or diploma within the last year before the GAMES. Incoming freshman and transfers are usually eligible. Sign the Comprehensive Acceptance of Team USA Agreements form. Sign the Team USA Honor Code and...
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