The Universiade or the World University Games are an international multi-sport event organised for university athletes by the International University Sports Federation (FISU). Founded in 1923, the Games were held for the first time in our country in Moscow in 1973. 40 years later the World University Games were hosted by Kazan, the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan.
Kazan’s victorious bid was announced in Brussels on May 31, 2008. Kazan received 20 out of 27 votes of the FISU Executive Committee, beating Vigo (ESP) and Gwangju (ROK).
The 2013 Summer Universiade was the first high-profile multi-sport event in the history of modern Russia.
The World University Games were held in Kazan from July 6-17, 2013. The sporting event brought together 7,980 athletes representing 160 countries.
The competition programme featured 27 sports, 13 compulsory and 14 optional ones: athletics, basketball, fencing, football, rhythmic gymnastics, artistic gymnastics, judo, swimming, diving, water polo, table tennis, volleyball, shooting, rowing, canoe sprint, wrestling, chess, weightlifting, field hockey, badminton, beach volleyball. Such sports as sambo, rugby 7, boxing, synchronised swimming and belt wrestling made their debut at the Universiade in Kazan. 351 medal events were contested. 67 Universiade records were set in four sports.