The 2013 Summer Universiade, officially known as the XXVII Summer Universiade, is scheduled to be held from July 6 to 17 in the city of Kazan, Russia. It is the second largest sport participation event in the world. More over 10,400 University athletes from 162 countries participated in 13 mandatory and 14 optional sports, making the Universiade the biggest ever in the history of the event. First time in the history the Cultural Universiade with festivals and shows hold simultaneously the sporting games. The Universiade is organized by the International University Sports Federation (FISU)
The XXVII Summer Universiade is a great volunteer movement as well. About 20,000 volunteers from all over the world will take part in the 2013 Universiade in Kazan. The volunteer selection programme ‘Make U Real’ was launched in September 2011. The ‘Kazan 2013′ volunteers will undergo a competitive selection process and attend a distance-learning programme.
The 64 venues will be concentrated in 4 zones across the city of Kazan. This is the area of the Pobeda Avenue and the Orenburgsky Trakt where the Universiade Village will be located, as well as the Palace of Water Sports, Tennis Academy, Gymnastics Palace. Many sports venues will be located in downtown Kazan, and some of them in Novo-Savinovsky District. The fourth zone will be Zarechye for training grounds. These zones will be connected by renewed highways with two-level flyovers, including the completed “Big Kazan Ring”. Also a new bridge over the Kazanka River is planned to be built – from the Youth Center to Baturin street. The key transportation connector to the sports venues with the Universiade Village will be the newly built subway.
The Universiade is an international sporting and cultural festival which is staged every two years in a different city. It is only second to the Olympic Games. The Summer Universiade consists of 10 compulsory sports with 13 compulsory disciplines and up to 3 optional sports chosen by the host country. The record figures are 10,622 participants in Shenzhen, China, in 2011 and 174 countries in Daegu, Korea, in 2003.
Embracing FISU’s motto of ‘Excellence in Mind and Body’, the Summer Universiade incorporates educational and cultural aspects into 12 days of sports competitions, allowing university student-athletes from all over the world to celebrate with the host city in a true spirit of friendship and sportsmanship.
Tuesday in Kazan started with a trio of race walkers from British Columbia, including Inaki Gomez of Vancouver, Ben Thorne of Kitimat and Evan Dunfee of Richmond, claiming team bronze in the men’s 20km. In the evening session, Jeremy Rae of Fort Erie, Ont., added silver the men’s 1500m.
Gomez, Thorne and Dunfee’s combined time of four hours, 20 minutes and 35 seconds left them behind only Russia (4:04:31) and Ukraine (4:08:09).
Gomez, a 2012 Olympian, was the first Canadian to cross the finish line in a time of 1:22:29, which was good for fifth position in the individual standings. He had also placed fifth in the event at the 2011 FISU Games in Shenzhen, China.
Thorne was 16th in a personal best 1:26:59, while Dunfee was 21st in 1:31:07.
Russia’s Andrey Krivov won individual gold thanks to a Universiade record time of 1:20:47. He was followed at the line by Rusian Dmytrenko of Ukraine (1:20:54) and Russian teammate Denis Strelkov (1:21:32).
The medal ceremony is set for 5:45 p.m. local time (9:45 a.m. ET).
Other Canadians in athletics finals on Tuesday included Sarah Wells of Unionville, Ont., fourth in the women’s 400m hurdles; Alicia Brown of Ottawa, fifth in the women’s 400m; Jessica Smith of North Vancouver, B.C., sixth in the women’s 800m; Helen Crofts of West Vancouver, B.C., seventh in the women’s 800m; Daniel Harper of Brampton, Ont., eighth in the men’s 400m; and Patrick Arbour of Ottawa, who completed the decathlon in eighth place.
In women’s artistic gymnastics, Ellie Black of Halifax also finished just outside the podium in the individual all-around final. The 2012 Olympian was second heading into the final event but a sub-par floor routine cost her two positions.