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Ekaterinburg seals hosting rights to 2023 summer Universiade

The International University Sports Federation (FISU) has today (Tuesday) confirmed that the Russian city of Ekaterinburg will stage its 2023 summer Universiade.

The decision was made one day ahead of the start of the 2019 Universiade, which is taking place in Naples, Italy. Ekaterinburg was the sole bidder for 2023 and was approved by a 23-0 vote of FISU’s Executive Committee.

The decision means Russia continues as a regular destination for the Universiade, with Kazan having held the 2013 summer event and Krasnoyarsk staging this year’s winter Universiade from March 2-12.

FISU said media operations at the 2023 summer Universiade will benefit from previous sporting events as the International Broadcast Centre and Main Press Centre are already in place following Ekaterinburg’s role as a host city during football’s 2018 Fifa World Cup.

The 2023 summer Universiade’s programme will incorporate FISU’s compulsory sports – archery, artistic gymnastics, athletics, badminton, basketball, diving, fencing, judo, rhythmic gymnastics, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, tennis, volleyball and water polo. Universiade host cities may also present up to three optional sports for inclusion into their event, with FISU today approving Ekaterinburg’s proposal of boxing, rugby sevens and sambo.

The Ekaterinburg bid presented the city as a compact hub, where all 18 sports training and competition events would take place across 28 venues. Twenty of these venues are currently in place. Of the remaining eight, only one, an aquatics centre, is set to be purpose-built for the Universiade.

“This development is part of the city’s central development plan,” said Ekaterinburg 2023 bid director-general Alexander Chernov.  “These sports complexes will be built whether or not you attribute the games to Ekaterinburg, but, of course, we hope you do.”

Following Naples 2019, the summer Universiade will head to the Chinese city of Chengdu in 2021 before travelling to Russia.