This year, the world of international university sport is celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Universiade. Yesterday, we lit the flame in Turin, it will go to Napoli to be a part of the competitions of the Summer Universiade 2019 linking our past, present and future.
With the Summer and Winter Universiades taking place every two years, with dozens of World University Championships in the intervening years, and with new events starting, FISU knows better than most the challenges of maintaining a healthy network of host cities.
FISU has long appreciated the principle of building new venues only when necessary and only when that building corresponds to the development plans of a city or region. Thus, during the Krasnoyarsk 2019 Winter University, the city underwent a significant amount of new building. But this was entirely aligned with the Siberian city’s ambitions to become a centre of excellence for international winter sports competitions. It is an ambition already being fulfilled, as world cups and world championships line up to be enjoy the excellent conditions there.