Almaty To Hold 28th World University Winter Games
Organized by the International University Sports Federation (FISU), the 28th World University Winter Games will be held in Almaty, Kazakhstan, from January 29th to February 8th.
As the biggest global winter multi-sports event for student athletes, broadcasted by more than 100 TV channels with over a billion viewers, the Universiade incorporates a wide range of cultural aspects in 11 days of sports competitions.
The programme of this year’s Games includes 12 disciplines, from alpine and cross-country skiing to short track and figure skating, passing through biathlon and Nordic combined, snowboarding and freestyle skiing, curling, ski jumping and ice hockey.
More than 2,500 participants, between the ages of 17 and 28, from more than 55 countries, will be fighting to win as many gold medals as possible.
About 80 athletes will represent the UK in seven disciplines. The official GB delegation has already visited Almaty, to gain a confident grasp of the city’s venues.
Neil Rogers, Head of International Programmes of the British Universities and Colleges, has recently congratulated himself with the local Organising Committee for having spent both time and money in excellent, new infrastructure for the Games.
On his way back home from Almaty, he said: “I think it will be very special for the athletes of Great Britain to come into Athletes Village where everyone, all the different countries, all the different sports, stay together.”
Bucking the trend of the last Olympic Games, all the constructions finished up to two months ahead of the schedule. The event has created over 4,200 new jobs, approximately 3,000 volunteers will be involved and around 30,000 guests and tourists are expected.
After the conclusion of the games all the venues will be made available for the use of all residents, hoping that a new sporting culture will spread throughout Kazakhstan.