Naples details sports line-up for 2019 Universiade

Organisers of the 2019 summer Universiade in Naples, Italy, have confirmed that the multi-sport event will feature rugby sevens, sailing and shooting as part of its program.

The Naples 2019 team met with the International University Sports Federation (FISU) earlier this week during the 2017 summer Universiade, which concludes today (Wednesday) in Taipei City, Taiwan, to discuss plans to include the three sports.

According to Taiwan news agency CNA, Gianluca Basile, general manager of the Naples 2019 organising committee, said rugby sevens, sailing and shooting will be the three optional sports during the 2019 event.

The 15 compulsory sports that will also feature are: archery, athletics, basketball, fencing, football, artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, judo, swimming, diving, water polo, table tennis, taekwondo, tennis and volleyball. Taipei 2017 has featured 22 sports in total.

Basile also said a total of 60 venues will be used during the event, 37 of which will be specific competition venues.

FISU initially opted to award the 2019 summer Universiade to Brasilia, but the Brazilian capital withdrew its hosting rights in January 2015, citing financial concerns. Brasilia had seen off rival bids from Budapest in Hungary and Baku in Azerbaijan to secure the event.

In March last year, speaking after awarding the hosting rights to its 2021 winter Universiade to the Swiss city of Lucerne, FISU said that Naples would stage the 2019 summer event if organisers were able to fulfil various conditions proposed to them by the federation. FISU went on to award hosting rights to the Italian city in May of the same year.

The Naples 2019 summer Universiade will run from July 3-14 and mark the 60th anniversary of the first Universiade, which was held in Turin.