2021 Summer Universiade

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XXXI Summer Universiade
Host cityChengdu, China
Nations participatingTBA
Athletes participatingTBA
Opening ceremony8 August
Closing ceremony19 August
Main venueDong'an Lake Sports Center Stadium [1]
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The 2021 Summer Universiade, the XXXI Summer Universiade, will be organised on August 8 to August 19, 2021, in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China.[2]

Host selection[edit]

On 1 September 2014, FISU launched of the bidding process for the 2021 Winter and Summer Universiades.[3] Although not officially announced, it was virtually certain that Ashgabat, the capital of Turkmenistan would host the event, but for unknown reasons the city withdrew.[4]

Candidate City[edit]

Chengdu, People's Republic of China[edit]

On December 13, 2018, during a meeting of the International University Sports Federation's Steering Committee in Braga in Portugal, it was announced that the Chinese city of Chengdu became the only official candidate to host the event. The city was officially announced as the seat of the event during the 2019 Winter Universiade which was held in Krasnoyarsk in the Russian Federation. Chengdu will be the third Chinese city to host an edition of the Summer Universiade, the first was Beijing in 2001 and the second was Shenzhen in 2011 .[5]

Previously Interested Cities[edit]

Bucharest, Romania[edit]

In March 2015, days after the closing ceremonies of 2015 Winter Universiade FISU has been informed about the intention of Bucharest, capital of Romania to make a bid for the 2021 Summer Universiade.[6] If Bucharest wins the bidding process this will be the second time which the city will host the Summer Universiade. The first time was in 1981.

Cali, Colombia[edit]

In July 2016, FISU has been informed about the intention of the city of Santiago de Cali, Colombia interested in hosting the 2021 Summer Universiade.[7] If Cali wins,this will be the second South American city to host the Summer Universiade the first was Porto Alegre, Brazil in 1963, the first since 1979 to be held in Latin America, and the first since 1993 to be held in the Americas.Later, the city was confirmed as 2021 Junior Pan American Games host city in the same year.

Seoul, South Korea and Pyongyang, North Korea[edit]

On October 4, 2018, it was announced by the mayor of Seoul that there were joint negotiations between the city, the capital of North Korea, Pyongyang and FISU, so that both cities could host the Summer Universiade of 2021, the proposal would be that the opening ceremony would be held in Seoul, while the closure would be in Pyongyang. If the talks come to fruition, this will be the third time in history that the Summer Universiade would be held in South Korea, the first time was in 2003 in Daegu and the second was in 2015 in Gwangju. The country also hosted the 1997 Winter Universiade, in Muju County and the Jeonju city.[8] This could be the first time in history that the two countries will host the Summer Universiade. It could be the first time in North Korea. This has already happened at the 2015 Winter Universiade, when due to the extremely high risk of an environmental disaster, the Spanish city of Granada was unable to host the nordic skiing and biathlon events and they have been transferred to FISU approved to move the Nordic Skiing and Biathlon events to Štrbské Pleso and Osrblie in Slovakia.[9]


  1. ^ https://www.fisu.net/news/summer-universiade/design-your-own-universiade-mascot-for-chengdu
  2. ^ http://news.ifeng.com/a/20181213/60191927_0.shtml
  3. ^ FISU opens Bidding for 2021 Universiades
  4. ^ "FISU Proposes Seoul, Pyongyang Jointly Host 2021 Summer Universiade".
  5. ^ "Chengdu to be named as 2021 Summer Universiade host". insidethegames.biz. Retrieved 13 December 2018.
  6. ^ "Romania will prepare a bidding dossier for the 2021 Summer Universiade". fisu.net. Retrieved 4 April 2017.
  7. ^ "Cali interested in hosting the SU in 2021". fisu.net. Retrieved 4 April 2017.
  8. ^ "FISU Proposes Seoul, Pyongyang Jointly Host 2021 Summer Universiade".
  9. ^ "Slovak Republic Officially Co-Host of 2015 Winter Universiade". FISU. June 25, 2014. Retrieved September 1, 2014.

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