2017 Winter Universiade

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XXVIII Winter Universiade
XXVIII Қысқы Универсиада
XXVIII Зимняя Универсиада
28th Winter Universiade logo.png
28th Winter Universiade logo
Host city Almaty, Kazakhstan
Opening ceremony 28 January 2017
Closing ceremony 8 February 2017
Main venue Almaty Ice Palace

Winter Universiade 2017, the XXVIII Winter Universiade, is a multi sport winter event which will take place in Almaty, Kazakhstan. On 29 November 2011 FISU announced that Winter Universiade 2017 will be hosted in Almaty.[1]

Student-athletes from all over the world between the ages of 17 and 28 will flock to Almaty to take part in Winter Universiade organized by FISU.[2] Almaty is ready for 2017 Winter Universiade

Host City Candidates[edit]

There were two candidates to host the event.

  • Almaty. This will be the third time that a former soviet country will host 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 has 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 acclaimed the host city of the 28th Winter Universiade in 2017.



Earlier it was reported that Kazakhstan will 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 will be build 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 and Ceremonies 12,000
AK-Bulak Ice Rink Curling 5,000
Medeu Alpine Ice Arena Speed skating 25,000
Shymulak Alpine Sports 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

Sport Disciplines[5][edit]

  • Biathlon
  • Alpine Skiing
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Figure Skating
  • Speed Skating
  • Freestyle Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Curling
  • Ice Hockey
  • Ski Jumping

Participating nations[edit]

Approximately 64 National University Sports Federations are expected to send athletes.[6] The numbers in parenthesis represent the number of participants qualified.

Logo of the Winter Universiade 2017[edit]

The logo of the Winter Universiade 2017 was created considering the following images:[7]

  • 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.


  1. ^ Almaty officially announced capital of Winter Universiade-2017
  2. ^ "Universiade History". http://almaty2017.com/en.  External link in |website= (help)
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ Asian Winter Games at Olympic.cn, see Sports arenas Asian Winter Games in 2011
  5. ^ SPORTS
  6. ^ Student- athletes from 64 countries will take part in Winter Universiade 2017
  7. ^ http://almaty2017.com/en/news/novyi-logotip-talisman.html

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