1983 Summer Universiade

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XII Summer Universiade
Host cityEdmonton, Canada
Nations participating73
Athletes participating2,400
Events118 in 10 sports
Opening ceremonyJuly 1
Closing ceremonyJuly 12
Officially opened byCharles, Prince of Wales
Torch lighterJeanna Suzanne-Genrisson
Main venueCommonwealth Stadium

The 1983 Summer Universiade, also known as the 1983 World University Games or XII Summer Universiade, took place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada between July 1 and 12, 1983. Over 2400 athletes from 73 countries participated. It was the first time Canada hosted these Games. Edmonton also hosted the 1978 Commonwealth Games.

The event was marred by tragedy from the death of Soviet diver Sergei Chalibashvili when died eight days after hitting his head on the 10 m diving platform in competition while attempting a reverse 3½ in the tuck position.

Charles, Prince of Wales, who opened the Universiade, and Princess Diana visited the Universiade, as did other dignitaries and celebrities.[1]

In October 2005, Edmonton was also selected as a potential bid candidate to host the 2011 Summer Universiade by the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS).[2]



Medal table[edit]

  *   Host nation (Canada)

1 Soviet Union (URS)583025113
2 United States (USA)12202254
3 Canada (CAN)*9101938
4 Italy (ITA)811625
5 Romania (ROU)6111027
6 China (CHN)55313
7 Nigeria (NGR)5005
8 Great Britain (GBR)3339
9 France (FRA)24511
10 Japan (JPN)2349
11 Cuba (CUB)2147
12 Australia (AUS)2125
13 West Germany (FRG)16310
14 Poland (POL)1214
15 Belgium (BEL)1102
16 Brazil (BRA)1023
17 Netherlands (NED)0303
18 Yugoslavia (YUG)0213
19 Tunisia (TUN)0123
20 Czechoslovakia (TCH)0101
 Senegal (SEN)0101
 Tanzania (TAN)0101
23 Austria (AUT)0011
 Bermuda (BER)0011
 Hungary (HUN)0011
 Jamaica (JAM)0011
 New Zealand (NZL)0011
 South Korea (KOR)0011
Totals (28 nations)118117118353

Participating nations[edit]

Around 2,400 athletes from 73 nations took part.


  1. ^ "Highlights from Edmonton's Sport History" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-01-04. Retrieved 2014-10-22.
  2. ^ [1]