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Mongolia pushes forward with 2033 Universiade vision

The International University Sports Federation (FISU) has staged a series of meetings designed to drive forward a proposal to stage the 2033 edition of its winter Universiade multi-sport event in Mongolia.

A Memorandum of Understanding was signed in October 2014 between the East Asian nation’s capital, Ulaanbaatar, and FISU with the intention that the city would host the 2033 Universiade. A ‘2033 Winter Universiade – Ulaanbaatar Project’ initiative has since been drawn up and proposals have been discussed during a FISU inspection visit.

FISU said the inspection team visited some proposed venues for building sports facilities and discussed concept drawings of a Universiade Village that will be built in the future. The venues include the Sky Alpine Resort in the Bogd Khaan mountain area, Buyant Ukhaa Sports Palace which was assessed for ice hockey purposes, Khandgait Resort ice rink, an outdoor speed skating stadium and cross country skiing and biathlon areas.

A study team will now be formed which will work on the organisation of the winter Universiade in Mongolia while learning from the experiences of other host cities. FISU delegates also recommended infrastructure facilities should be built close to the city and be available for general use afterwards, as a legacy after the Universiade.

FISU added in a statement: “Finally, the FISU WU delegates completed their three-day visit in Ulaanbaatar assessing that the city of Ulaanbaatar is potential candidate for the winter Universiade in terms of its weather conditions, natural environment and territory if the team would focus on the long-term concept.”

The 2015 winter Universiade was co-hosted by Spain and Slovakia earlier this year after the Spanish city of Granada was originally intended as the sole host. The Slovakian resorts of Štrbské Pleso and Osrblie were brought in last year to stage biathlon, cross country skiing, ski jumping and Nordic combined events amid fears that Granada didn’t have the necessary infrastructure for these sports.

Future events are scheduled for Almaty, Kazakhstan in 2017 and Krasnoyarsk, Russia in 2019.