The 2021 Summer Universiade will be held in Chengdu, China, according to the official website of the International Federation of University Sports.
The decision was announced on March 1 at the meeting of the FISU Executive Committee in Krasnoyarsk, where the Winter Universiade – 2019 began. The preliminary contract for the Chengdu Summer Universiade 2021 was signed in December 2018. The final step in awarding the Universiade to Chengdu was taken during the ongoing FISU Executive Committee meeting in Krasnoyarsk. “Chengdu is a city with a rich history and a great future,” said FISU President Oleg Matytsin. It will be an exceptional event and will have a positive impact on the participants and the city. “The Chinese city was the only candidate for student games.
The 2021 Summer Universiade in Chengdu is scheduled for August 8-19. The competitions will take place in 18 sports. The program will add three types of rowing to rowing, shooting and wushu.
About 10 weeks after the signing of the pre-attribution contract in December 2018, the prospective host city’s presentation highlighted the role that sports plays in the city of 16 million inhabitants and nearly one million students in its 64 colleges and universities. The FISU Executive Committee was convinced that Chengdu is well set to host a major multi-sport event, particularly from a sports infrastructure front. Among the 41 sports venues proposed for the Summer Universiade, 30 venues already are at an international standard. The 11 venues set for renovation will benefit from a well-thought out plan to bring long lasting benefits to Southwest China.
“We have the confidence to make the 31st Summer Universiade the most influential university sports event and cultural festival in history. Chengdu is ready. Chengdu is the number one Chinese tourist city in the world, according to the World Tourism Organisation,” said a spokesperson of the Foreign Affairs department of the city. “Chengdu has rich culture and history, it is one of the most ancient cities of China. We want to build an iconic sports city of the world. ”
The city is well on its way in achieving that objective, having already hosted more than 100 major sports events in football, basketball, table tennis, cycling and many other sports, including 56 events at an international level.
The proposed dates for the Summer Universiade 2021 are 8–19 August, with a proposed events programme of 18 sports. In addition to the 15 compulsory sports, Chengdu has chosen Rowing, Shooting Sport and Wushu for the three optional sports. The city has a special transportation system with environmentally-friendly vehicles that will allow 24-hour travel for athletes and delegation officials.
The media services plan is also expected to be top-of-the-line. Simultaneous interpretation will be provided throughout the media centres and there will be a Commentators’ Info System for commentators. And effective marketing and promotion strategy is also part of the well-conceived plan. The strong candidature with full government support sealed the deal for Chengdu.
Mayor of Chengdu, Mr. Luo Qiang and his colleagues share their vision for hosting the Summer Universiade 2021
“It was a great honour to have the Mayor of Chengdu, Mr Luo Qiang, and his colleagues join us here to share their vision for hosting the Universiade,” FISU President Oleg Matytsin said. “Clearly Chengdu is a city with both a rich history and a bright future. We feel very privileged to have the opportunity to be a part of that future, bringing the best student athletes from all over the world to Sichuan’s capital. We have no doubt that Chengdu 2021 will prove to be an exceptional Universiade that will make a lasting and very positive impression both on the participants and the city itself.”
In general, the processes are now underway for the Universiade and therefore the options for future changes are still open.