The US resort of Lake Placid has today (Thursday) sealed a host contract agreement to stage the 2023 edition of the winter Universiade multi-sport event.
The signing comes after the International University Sports Federation (FISU) in March approved the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding for Lake Placid’s bid for the event. Located in the state of New York, Lake Placid was the only bidder for the event.
The 2023 Universiade will mark the second time that Lake Placid has staged the event, with the resort having also played host in 1972. The Universiade will be held in Lake Placid and the surrounding North Country Region after New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo signed an Executive Order to officially authorise the event.
FISU president Oleg Matytsin said: “From its outset, the bid was one of the strongest we have seen. For Lake Placid to go from winter Universiade candidate to future host is a great moment for the university sports movement. Today’s signing will have a lifelong impact on the thousands of student-athletes who will come to the Adirondack Region from all around the world.”
Matytsin added: “The successful hosting of a major sports event does not end with the event’s closing ceremony. Fortunately, Lake Placid is positioned well to take full advantage of this opportunity with their well thought-out, flexible and strategic development plans for the region. I am excited to see these plans come to life as organisers cultivate communities in the lead-up to the 2023 winter Universiade. I look forward to coming back to the region and seeing the lasting benefits here long after the FISU flame is extinguished.”
More than 3,000 student-athletes, delegates and officials representing 60 countries are expected to compete across more than 70 events during the 2023 winter Universiade.
Lake Placid has hosted the winter Olympic Games twice before, in 1932 and 1980. New York also hosted the last Universiade on North American soil, with the 1993 summer edition having been held in Buffalo. Since hosting the winter Olympics in 1980, the resort has staged 14 World Championship events and more than 100 World Cup competitions.
Cuomo stated that hosting a multi-sport event like the winter Universiade is vital for the Adirondack Region to continue being a hub of sport — and a place that continues to attract top talent to its universities and communities.
“Lake Placid is the perfect location to host this event, which will showcase the very best of New York and the North County to an international audience,” Cuomo said. “We are proud and fortunate to have both the natural and manmade resources required for the winter Universiade in our own backyard and we look forward to welcoming athletes from across the globe to experience all the Adirondacks has to offer."
The 2019 winter Universiade will be held in Krasnoyarsk in Russia from March 2-12, before the event heads to Lucerne, Switzerland in 2021. The most recent event was held in Almaty, Kazakhstan in 2017.