2013 Summer Universiade

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XXVII Summer Universiade
XXVII Летняя Универсиада
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Host city Kazan, Russia
Nations participating162 [1]
Athletes participating10,442 [1]
Events27 sports [1]
Opening ceremony July 6
Closing ceremonyJuly 17
Officially opened by President Vladimir Putin
Athlete's Oath Aliya Mustafina
Judge's Oath Yevgeny Sadovyi
Torch lighter Yekaterina Gamova, Irek Zaripov, Nail Yakupov and Tagir Khaibulaev
Main venue Kazan Arena
Website Official website
Swimming 4 × 200 m Men's Freestyle Final

The 2013 Summer Universiade , officially known as the XXVII Summer Universiade, was held in the city of Kazan, Russia, the most northerly city ever to host a Summer Universiade. [2] Over 10,400 university athletes from 162 countries participated in 13 mandatory and 14 optional sports, [3] making the 2013 Universiade the biggest ever in the history of the event. For the first time in history a Cultural Universiade was also included, with many festivals and shows held simultaneously with the sporting events. The Universiade was organized by the International University Sports Federation (FISU) and by the authorities of the Republic of Tatarstan.


Bidding process

Kazan had bid twice for the Universiade; the first attempt was for the 2011 Summer Universiade, but Kazan lost to Shenzhen by just two votes. The city applied again for the 2013 Summer Universiade, and won the right to host the Universiade.

The games

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Park of the Cultural Universiade


Prior to the Universiade, Kazan International Airport was totally rebuilt as a hub, the new Kazan-2 transit rail-bus terminal was built, the old Kazan-1 rail terminal was rebuilt, and the fast rail aeroexpress with Siemens trains was inaugurated between the Kazan-1 rail terminal downtown and the airport.

Zones of activity of the Universiade were connected by renewed highways with two-level flyovers, including the completed "Big Kazan Ring" with a new LRT (fast tram). In addition, a Kremlin bridge over the Kazanka River was rebuilt. The key transportation connector to the sporting and other venues from the Universiade Village was the Kazan Metro (subway) that had been built in 2005 and was expanded before the Universiade.

A large part of design works was carried out by JSC Institute Tatdorproject (autoroads, pedestrian crosses, transport junctions), Roszheldorproject (arrangement of intermodal transportation), Energoprojekt (reconstruction of Kazan International Airport), etc.

The Cultural Universiade was held in the Cultural Park at Palace Square downtown near the Kazan Kremlin, at various theatres and performance venues in the Kremlin, and at other places throughout the city.


A total of 27 new stadia were built as venues for the event. The Games used 64 venues in all, 36 of which were constructed specifically for the 2013 Summer Universiade. The 64 venues were concentrated in 4 zones across the city of Kazan. These included the area of Pobeda Avenue with the Kazan Area, the Aquatics Palace of Water Sports, the Combat Sports (Boxing) Palace, and the area of Orenburgsky Trakt where the Universiade Village was located, as well as the Tennis Academy and Gymnastics Palace. In addition, many sports venues for training functions were located elsewhere in Zarechye (Novo-Savinovsky and Airbuilders districts), and some of them in downtown Kazan.

The main venues were:

Universiade Village

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The Universiade Village

The Universiade Village is a residential neighborhood for 14,500 residents that was constructed within the Kazan Federal University campus to house competitors and officials during the Kazan 2013 Summer Universiade. Nearly 400 sporting and cultural events have been staged on the campus since it opened its doors in 2010. Shortly after the first move-in phase, an open-air step aerobics marathon was held that brought together up to 1,000 Universiade Village residents. The campus had already hosted football, volleyball, and chess championships that can rightfully be called ‘international’ as a number of international students competed in them.

Torch relay

The length of the relay was about 104,000 kilometers, and 2,013 torchbearers were enlisted to participate in the relay. After touring through 51 cities on five continents, the torch arrived in Vladivostok on 24 January, and on 25 January, the Russian leg of the Universiade torch relay began. The Russian section of the Universiade Torch Relay was held between January and July 2013. The Universiade Torch Relay celebrations took place in 30 cities across Russia, as well as 44 cities and towns of municipal districts of Tatarstan. The torch arrived at the Kazan Arena on the night of 6 July for the lighting of the cauldron at the Opening Ceremony.


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A total of 351 sets of medals were distributed during the two weeks of the competition. The medal design featured a globe emblazoned with the emblem and logo of the Universiade, and surrounded by a circle featuring the slogan of the Universiade.

Opening and closing ceremonies

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Flags of participating nations on balloon at closing ceremony

The 2013 Summer Universiade opening and closing ceremonies were held on 6 and 17 July 2013, with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Premier Dmitry Medvedev in attendance accordingly. The ceremonies took place in the new Kazan Arena stadium with a seating capacity of 45,000 people. In the handover, the Korean branch of the boy group EXO performed their hit song "Wolf", the title track from their first full-length album XOXO , at the closing ceremony while Russian artists and popstars made a huge shows with many decorations and special effects at both ceremonies. [4]


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The sports at street playbill

For the first time in the history of the Universiades, twenty-seven sports were included in Kazan 2013.

The optional sports chosen were badminton, beach volleyball, belt wrestling, boxing, canoeing, chess, field hockey, rugby sevens, sambo, shooting, synchronized swimming, rowing, weightlifting, and wrestling. Of the optional sports chosen, belt wrestling, boxing, sambo, rugby sevens, and synchronized swimming made their debut at the 2013 Summer Universiade.


A total of 162 nations were officially entered prior to the opening ceremony. In the list below, the number of athletes from each nation is given in parentheses. The largest national teams were from Russia, Ukraine, Canada, the U.S., Poland, Japan and China. [5]

Medal table

From the official web site's medal tally information: [11]

In 18 May, 2017, the rankings of the Women’s Heptathlon and 1,500m were updated further to the suspension of two Russian female athletes by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) and the medal table is changed.: [12]

On August 8, 2016, the International Weightlifting Federation announced the disqualification of several athletes who participated in the competition due to the retesting of the anti-doping exams, with which several medals are redistributed. [13] [14]

  *   Host nation (Russia)

1Flag of Russia.svg  Russia  (RUS)*1557462291
2Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China  (CHN)26292277
3Flag of Japan.svg  Japan  (JPN)24293184
4Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea  (KOR)17121241
5Flag of Belarus.svg  Belarus  (BLR)13131440
6Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine  (UKR)12293677
7Flag of the United States.svg  United States  (USA)11151440
8Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa  (RSA)73414
9Flag of Italy.svg  Italy  (ITA)6172245
10Flag of Australia.svg  Australia  (AUS)64616
11Flag of Lithuania.svg  Lithuania  (LTU)61411
12Flag of France.svg  France  (FRA)5101126
13Flag of Poland.svg  Poland  (POL)591630
14Flag of Germany.svg  Germany  (GER)46919
15Flag of Chinese Taipei for Universiade.svg  Chinese Taipei  (TPE)44715
16Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary  (HUN)43815
17Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil  (BRA)43411
18Flag of Mongolia.svg  Mongolia  (MGL)361625
19Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic  (CZE)36817
20Flag of Azerbaijan.svg  Azerbaijan  (AZE)34714
21Flag of Kazakhstan.svg  Kazakhstan  (KAZ)291627
22Flag of Uzbekistan.svg  Uzbekistan  (UZB)271019
23Flag of Thailand.svg  Thailand  (THA)27716
24Flag of Canada.svg  Canada  (CAN)25916
25Flag of Iran.svg  Iran  (IRI)2439
26Flag of Turkmenistan.svg  Turkmenistan  (TKM)231015
27Flag of Kyrgyzstan.svg  Kyrgyzstan  (KGZ)22812
28Flag of North Korea.svg  North Korea  (PRK)2226
29Flag of Israel.svg  Israel  (ISR)2114
30Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey  (TUR)2057
31Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal  (POR)2024
32Flag of Armenia.svg  Armenia  (ARM)15410
33Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico  (MEX)14611
34Flag of Slovakia.svg  Slovakia  (SVK)1326
35Flag of Cuba.svg  Cuba  (CUB)1225
36Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain  (GBR)1146
Flag of Romania.svg  Romania  (ROU)1146
38Flag of Austria.svg  Austria  (AUT)1034
39Flag of Latvia.svg  Latvia  (LAT)1023
40Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium  (BEL)1012
41Flag of Botswana.svg  Botswana  (BOT)1001
Flag of the Philippines.svg  Philippines  (PHI)1001
Flag of the United States Virgin Islands.svg  Virgin Islands  (ISV)1001
44Flag of Moldova.svg  Moldova  (MDA)021012
45Flag of Tajikistan.svg  Tajikistan  (TJK)0235
46Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia  (SRB)0189
47Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria  (BUL)0134
Flag of Jamaica.svg  Jamaica  (JAM)0134
49Flag of Georgia.svg  Georgia  (GEO)0123
50Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina  (ARG)0112
Flag of Spain.svg  Spain  (ESP)0112
52Flag of Albania.svg  Albania  (ALB)0101
Flag of Finland.svg  Finland  (FIN)0101
Flag of India.svg  India  (IND)0101
Flag of Indonesia.svg  Indonesia  (INA)0101
Flag of Ireland.svg  Ireland  (IRL)0101
Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya  (KEN)0101
Flag of Madagascar.svg  Madagascar  (MAD)0101
Flag of Senegal.svg  Senegal  (SEN)0101
60Flag of Malaysia.svg  Malaysia  (MAS)0033
61Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands  (NED)0022
Flag of Switzerland.svg  Switzerland  (SUI)0022
63Flag of Chile.svg  Chile  (CHI)0011
Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia  (CRO)0011
Flag of Egypt.svg  Egypt  (EGY)0011
Flag of Estonia.svg  Estonia  (EST)0011
Flag of Greece.svg  Greece  (GRE)0011
Flag of Cote d'Ivoire.svg  Ivory Coast  (CIV)0011
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand  (NZL)0011
Flag of Slovenia.svg  Slovenia  (SLO)0011
Flag of Venezuela.svg  Venezuela  (VEN)0011
Totals (71 nations)3523514611164

Russia got almost half of gold medals and more than a quarter of all medals. This is more than any other nation in this games and in the history of Universiades. The media explained this by the fact that the Russian team featured nineteen reigning Olympic champions, who were listed as students, more than all other teams taken together, in an apparent attempt to make a good impression in Russian language media. [15] There were 67 Universiade records, 38 of them set by Russian athletes.

On 19 July 2013, Vladimir Putin congratulated Russian athletes, and responded to criticism by saying that all critics of Russia’s achievements should take Viagra. [16]


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The competition schedule at stops

The competition schedule for the 2013 Summer Universiade is shown as follows: [17]

OCOpening ceremonyEvent competitions1Event finalsCCClosing ceremony
Athletics pictogram.svg Athletics 26111071450
Badminton pictogram.svg Badminton 156
Basketball pictogram.svg Basketball 112
Volleyball (beach) pictogram.svg Beach volleyball 112
Blank.png Belt wrestling 75719
Boxing pictogram.svg Boxing 1010
Canoeing pictogram.svg Canoeing 61824
Chess pictogram.svg Chess 33
Diving pictogram.svg Diving 2222412
Fencing pictogram.svg Fencing 22222212
Field hockey pictogram.svg Field hockey 112
Football pictogram.svg Football 112
Gymnastics (artistic) pictogram.svg Gymnastics 112102622
Judo pictogram.svg Judo 4444218
Rowing pictogram.svg Rowing 5813
Rugby union pictogram.svg Rugby sevens 22
Sambo pictogram.svg Sambo 66618
Shooting pictogram.svg Shooting 64488434
Swimming pictogram.svg Swimming 4557478242
Synchronized swimming pictogram.svg Synchronized swimming 2242
Table tennis pictogram.svg Table tennis 21227
Tennis pictogram.svg Tennis 257
Volleyball (indoor) pictogram.svg Volleyball 112
Water polo pictogram.svg Water polo 112
Weightlifting pictogram.svg Weightlifting 32223315
Wrestling pictogram.svg Wrestling 43434321
Total events273230443040172656409351
Cumulative total275989133163203220246302342351


Logo, emblem and mascot

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Universiade logo and mascot on street graffiti

Every Universiade logo must contain the Latin letter "U", designating a sporting event held under the auspices of the International University Sports Federation (FISU). The logo of the 2013 Summer Universiade represents a vertical rectangular design that comprises the words "Universiade", "Kazan", "Russia", "2013" and the five stars of the International University Sports Federation (FISU).

The emblem of the 2013 Summer Universiade takes its origin from an image of a tulip, a common element of Tatar ornaments that symbolizes revival.

Uni, a kitten rendering of the symbolic winged snow leopard, was chosen as the mascot for the Kazan 2013 Summer Universiade. The winged snow leopard is the national symbol of the Republic of Tatarstan. A stylized version of this creature is represented on Tatarstan’s coat of arms.


Each Universiade host city chooses a slogan for their edition of the Games, according to their ideals and goals, and as approved by FISU. The slogan of the Kazan 2013 Summer Universiade was ‘U are the world’, which has two meanings: ‘You are the world’ and ‘Universiade is the World’.


The League of Partners was founded in November 2010 to ensure a multilateral partnership between business circles and the Kazan 2013 Organizing Committee. The League includes the companies that signed partnership agreements with the Executive Committee of the 27th World University Summer Games. The main mission of the League of Partners is to enlist the support of corporations through a partnership contract with the Kazan 2013 Executive Committee, and also to consolidate all efforts under the unified vision of the Universiade. To achieve that, the partner companies were to implement joint projects aimed at further developing specialized industries that will be part of the Kazan 2013 legacy.


Tickets price ran between 700 and 6000 Russian rubles for the opening and closing ceremonies, and 30 to 200 RR for sporting events. Tickets began to be sold on the Internet one year before the Universiade.

Media support

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Street info point with volunteers
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Souvenir shop
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Bags for athletes and spectators

Some 1,200 journalists from 170 countries were assisted by the Main Press Center (MPC), the International Broadcasting Center (IBC) at Kazan Arena, and the International Info Center at Universiade Village.

The games were televised by Eurosport as well as by 12 other international and 3 Russian TV networks.


After the Universiade, the venues and stadia were to be consigned over to high schools and universities of Kazan, to children and youth sport schools, and to Olympic reserve schools. The Universiade Village was to be integrated into the main campus of the Federal University system.


10 ruble coins

The Central Bank of Russia issued commemorative coins dedicated to the 27th Summer Universiade Kazan 2013, including silver 3-ruble and 25-ruble, and gold 50-ruble, coins along with 10,000 ruble coins soon to appear in the banks of Russia. The Bank also planned to put into circulation two kinds of 10-ruble base-metal coins to mark the Universiade. These commemorative coins are accepted without limitation for all types of payment as legal tender in the Russian Federation. [18]

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