- 22 Aug 2003
- IOC News
22nd Summer Universiade - "Dream for Unity"
Under the theme "Dream for Unity", the 22nd Summer Universiade opened in Daegu (Republic of Korea) on 21 August 2003. Some 4,707 athletes, amateur students from 172 countries, will compete in 13 sports until 31 August.
The Universiade is a multisports event organised every two years under the supervision of the International University Sports Federation (FISU). The first Games were held in Paris in 1923. Their aim is to disseminate the values of sport and encourage people to practise it, in keeping with the university spirit. With a record number of participants (11,000 athletes and officials), the Daegu Universiade is the biggest event ever organised by FISU.
The athletes will compete in archery, athletics, basketball, diving, fencing, football, gymnastics, judo, swimming, taekwondo, tennis, volleyball and water polo.
The IOC President, Dr Jacques Rogge, will arrive in Daegu on 28 August 2003. More than 100 countries have taken advantage of the financial support given by FISU, the IOC and the Daegu Organising Committee to encourage their athletes to take part. FISU is one of more than 50 organisations recognised by the IOC.
Official site of the 22nd Summer Universiade