Kazakhstan to host 2017 World Student Games

Nov 28. The Voice of Russia

Kazakhstan to host 2017 World Student GamesThe Kazakh city of Alma-Ata has automatically become the place which will host the World Student Games of 2017, after the other claimant, the Italian Trento, had lifted its candidature.

This is what the press service of Alma-Ata’s government said on Monday.

Trento lifted is candidature because, as it claims, Alma-Ata “evidently has some preferences” and because of the current financial crisis in Europe.

On Tuesday, a delegation from Alma-Ata will hold a presentation of their city in Brussels.

The next World Student Games will take place in the Russian city of Kazan in 2013.


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FISU officials impressed by cities bidding for Universiade

Nov 28. CNA. Brussels

By James Lee

Officials from the International University Sports Federation (FISU) were highly impressed Monday by exhibits of the cities hoping to host the 2017 Summer and Winter University Games.

Taipei and Brasilia are vying for the 2017 Summer Universiade, and Almaty, Kazakhstan, has already won the right to host the Winter Games after Trentino, Italy withdrew its bid within the past week.

The three cities set up booths at the FISU venue to sell themselves even before they make their final presentations to the FISU’s executive committee on Tuesday.

The cities presented “three very different aspects,” said assessor Alison Odell of Great Britain, one of the 23 executive committee members who will decide which city will host the world’s most important competition for student athletes.

“What I’m seeing from the Taiwanese point of view, it is a very youthful presentation, which I think is what we need to do,” she said.

Praising Brasilia as a “very modern city,” Odell said Almaty’s artwork also impressed her.

The Taipei display, apart from giving out souvenirs, had a six-member team composed of college students put on multicultural performances, which it hopes can promote Taiwan’s diversity.

The delegation from Brasilia, on the other hand, did not opt for shows to attract attention, instead working on lobbying as many officials as it could.

Although Almaty is certain to host the 2017 Winter Universiade, it still used handicrafts and live traditional music to catch the attention of FISU officials.

“People from the cities are very good, and we just wait for the decision,” said Marian Dymalski of Poland, who, along with two other officials, spent four days assessing Taipei’s ability to host the event.

A Taiwanese city will be bidding to host the Summer Universiade for the fifth time this year.

Taiwan’s second-largest city Kaohsiung has made three unsuccessful bids, the last in 2007 for the 2011 games, and Taipei in 2009 bid unsuccessfully for the rights to the 2015 Summer Universiade.

The Universiade, launched in the Italian City of Turin in 1959, is the second largest international multi-sports event after the Olympic Games, usually attracting athletes from more than 130 countries.