2017 Winter Universiade

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XXVIII Winter Universiade
XXVIII Qysqy Ýnıversııada
XXVIII Зимняя Универсиада
XXVIII Universiade d'hiver
28th Winter Universiade logo.png
28th Winter Universiade logo
Host cityAlmaty, Kazakhstan
Nations participating56
Athletes participating1,604
Events85
Opening ceremony29 January 2017
Closing ceremony8 February 2017
Officially opened byNursultan Nazarbayev
Athlete's OathAiza Mambekova
Judge's OathAskar Valiyev
Torch lighter16 well known Kazakh athletes
Main venueAlmaty Ice Palace
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Winter Universiade 2017, the XXVIII Winter Universiade, is a multi-sport winter event which took place in Almaty, Kazakhstan in January and February 2017. On 29 November 2011, FISU announced that Winter Universiade 2017 would be hosted in Almaty.[1]

Student-athletes from all over the world between the ages of 17 and 28 arrived in Almaty to take part in Winter Universiade organized by FISU.[2]

Host selection[edit]

There were two candidates to host the event.

  • Almaty. This is the third time that a former soviet country has hosted the Winter Universiade. Russia hosted two times the Summer Universiade – Moscow (1973), Kazan (2013) and will host the Winter Universiade two years later in Krasnoyarsk.
  • Trentino, Italy. Until 2011, Italy hosted the Universiade 9 times (4 Summer Universiades and 5 Winter Universiades). A week before the announcement of results of the bidding campaign, in connection with the economic crisis, the Italian government decided to withdraw its candidacy.

«Given the difficult economic situation in Italy and the high financial obligations to the International Federation for the moment, the Council of the Autonomous Province of Trento sees no possibility to raise funds for the Universiade in 2017 and therefore removes the candidature of the city.»

Later Trentino was invited to host the 2013 Winter Universiade, after Maribor withdrew to host the event.[3]

Formal decision on the Universiade in Almaty was taken on a vote of the International University Sports Federation (FISU) on November 29, 2011, which was held in Brussels (Belgium).

Thus, due to the lack of competitors, Almaty was declared the host city of the 28th Winter Universiade in 2017.

Venues[edit]

Almaty[edit]

Earlier it was reported that Kazakhstan would spend $950 million on Winter Universiade 2017. An Ice Palace, two ice rinks, an Athletic Village and international airport terminal and many more other sport and non-sport venues were to be built in Almaty for the event. The cost is considered small, and it is because some of the objects had already been built for the 7th Asian Winter Games,[4] part of the competition which also took place in Almaty, and certain existing and remodeled venues. Kazakhstan chose bandy, ski jumping, Nordic combined, freestyle skiing and speed skating as optional sports, with bandy being in the form of demonstration. However, after tightening the budget, bandy was removed.

Venue Sports Capacity Ref.
Almaty Ice Palace Ice hockey 12,000
Ak-Bulak Ice Rink Curling 5,000
Medeu Alpine Ice Arena Speed skating 25,000
Shymbulak Alpine Sport Resort Alpine skiing 10,000
Sunkar International Ski Jumping Complex Ski jumping, Nordic combined 20,000

Almaty Region[edit]

Venue Sports Capacity Ref.
Alatau Biathlon and Cross-Country Ski Complex Biathlon, Cross-country skiing 12,600
Tabagan Alpine Resort and CSKA Alpine Base Freestyle skiing, Snowboarding 12,000

Schedule[edit]

The competition schedule for the 2017 Winter Universiade is shown as follows:[5] The opening ceremony of the 28th Winter Universiade was held on 29 January 2017. A total of 1,604 athletes from 56 countries arrived in Almaty to compete in 85 events and 12 types of sports.[6][7]

OC Opening ceremony 1 Event finals CC Closing ceremony Event competitions EG Exhibition gala
January/February 28
Sat
29
Sun
30
Mon
31
Tue
01
Wed
02
Thu
03
Fri
04
Sat
05
Sun
06
Mon
07
Tue
08
Wed
Events
Ceremonies OC CC
Alpine skiing 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 9
Biathlon 2 2 2 1 2 9
Cross-country skiing 2 2 2 1 2 1 1 11
Curling 2 2
Figure skating 1 2 3
Freestyle skiing 2 1 2 2 2 9
Ice hockey 1 1 2
Nordic combined 1 1 1 3
Short track speed skating 2 2 4 8
Ski jumping 2 1 2 5
Snowboarding 2 2 2 2 2 10
Speed skating 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 14
Total events 8 9 7 11 8 7 11 8 14 2 85
Cumulative total 8 17 24 35 43 50 61 69 83 85
January/February 28
Sat
29
Sun
30
Mon
31
Tue
01
Wed
02
Thu
03
Fri
04
Sat
05
Sun
06
Mon
07
Tue
08
Wed
Events

Withdrawn events[edit]

Bandy was supposed to debut as a demonstration sport.[8] However, after tightening of the budget, bandy was no longer part of the programme.

On January 17, it was announced the cancellation of pairs competition in the figure skating due to the low number of entrants. Only two pairs from Russia were registered in the event, which forced the cancellation of the same, according to the rules of FISU.[9]

Participating nations[edit]

56 national university sports federations sent a total of 1,604 athletes.[10] The numbers in parenthesis represent the number of participants. The International University Sports Federation (FISU) declared there were no positive doping cases at the 28th Winter Universiade.[11]

Medal table[edit]

  *   Host nation (Kazakhstan)

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 Russia (RUS)29271571
2 Kazakhstan (KAZ)*1181736
3 South Korea (KOR)115521
4 Japan (JPN)6121028
5 Poland (POL)52512
6 China (CHN)44210
7 France (FRA)4228
8 Italy (ITA)4004
9 Belarus (BLR)3216
10 Ukraine (UKR)2349
11 Czech Republic (CZE)2259
12 Austria (AUT)1258
13 Canada (CAN)1113
14 Great Britain (GBR)1001
 Latvia (LAT)1001
16 Netherlands (NED)0314
17  Switzerland (SUI)0235
18 Germany (GER)0213
19 Australia (AUS)0202
 Finland (FIN)0202
 Slovenia (SLO)0202
22 Sweden (SWE)0134
23 United States (USA)0112
24 Slovakia (SVK)0022
25 Armenia (ARM)0011
 Norway (NOR)0011
Totals (26 nations)858585255

Logo of the Winter Universiade 2017[edit]

2016 stamp of Kazakhstan showing the mascot of the 2017 Winter Universiade, an eyas.

The logo of the Winter Universiade 2017 was created considering the following images:[12]

  • Letter "U" – is an essential attribute of all Universiade logos
  • Wings – symbolizes the aspiration to win

The logo was created in bright and soft colors that emphasize the modernity and the eco-friendly approach, which is one of the most important elements of the general concept of the Games.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Almaty officially announced capital of Winter Universiade-2017. tengrinews.kz ()
  2. ^ "Universiade History". almaty2017.com.
  3. ^ "NEWS". www.fisu.net. Archived from the original on 2012-07-31. Retrieved 2016-12-10.
  4. ^ Asian Winter Games at Olympic.cn, see Sports arenas Asian Winter Games in 2011
  5. ^ "Universiade 2017" (PDF). almaty2017.com. Retrieved 19 April 2018.
  6. ^ "Almaty 2017: Results". almaty2017.com. Archived from the original on 2017-06-21. Retrieved 19 April 2018.
  7. ^ "28th Winter Universiade declared open in dazzling show". inform.kz.
  8. ^ "2017 Almaty Winter Universiade: Dates confirmed". fisu.net. Retrieved 19 April 2018.
  9. ^ "Pairs figure skating competition removed from Almaty 2017 schedule". Inside the Games. Retrieved 17 January 2017.
  10. ^ "Winter Universiade 2017 Participating Athlete List | Universiade 2017". almaty2017.com. Retrieved 2017-01-28.
  11. ^ "Doping Control at the Almaty 2017 Winter Universiade". Eurosport. 2017-04-12. Retrieved 2017-05-10.
  12. ^ http://almaty2017.com/en/news/novyi-logotip-talisman.html

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