The FISU Executive Committee accepted to host the 2019 Summer Universiade in the city of Naples and in the Region of Campania under a number of conditions. From 25 to 29 April 2016, an Evaluation Committee appointed by the FISU Executive Committee and chaired by FISU First Vice President, Leonz Eder, paid an inspection visit to Naples.
On 27 May 2016, the FISU Steering Committee (eight elected members of the FISU board composed of the President, the First Vice-President, the four Vice-Presidents, the Treasurer and the First Assessor), has received a positive report from the Evaluation Committee. Subsequently, the FISU Steering Committee members have recommended to the other members of the FISU Executive Committee to proceed to a postal vote, before Monday 30 May (6pm), on the attribution of the 2019 Summer Universiade to the CUSI and the Region of Campania.
Saturday 29 May, during a press conference organised in Naples, FISU President Oleg Matytsin had already received 15 positive votes and was very pleased to confirm the official attribution of the 2019 Summer Universiade to the city of Naples and the Region of Campania to the President of the Region Vincenzo De Luca.
The project of the Universiade in Naples is a unique concept and will provide a fantastic legacy to the local community and for the development of youth and sport in a very sport-oriented region with a large student community. The project also benefits from the great support of the Italian central government and Prime Minister Renzi, of all the universities in Italy, and also receives the active involvement of CUSI and a full support from CONI.
The main challenge will be the limited timelines, all the deadlines will have to be strictly respected and followed as agreed in the attribution contract.
The Universiade in Naples in 2019 will be a fantastic opportunity for FISU, CUSI and Italy to celebrate the 70th anniversary of FISU which was founded in 1949 in Merano and the 60th anniversary of the first Universiade which was organised in Turin in 1959.
Italy and CUSI have always played a significant role in the promotion and development of the University Sport Movement having hosted six Winter Universiades and four Summer Universiades. This confirms the strong support of the country to the values of sport and education that are symbolised by the FISU mottos: ‘Excellence in Mind and Body’ and ‘Today’s Stars, Tomorrow’s leaders’.
FISU is convinced that, with the full involvement of the Campania Region and under the leadership of its President, Vincenzo De Luca, the Universiade in the Campania Region will be a fantastic project for the young generations, the local community and the entire country.
Founded in 1949, FISU (International University Sports Federation) is an organisation dedicated to university sport and the promotion of excellence in mind and body. Balancing elite sport competition and academic studies, the student-athletes participating in FISU events are today’s stars and tomorrow’s leaders. FISU has three core sport properties: the Summer and Winter Universiade and the World University Championships. The Summer and Winter Universiade are international multi-sporting and cultural festivals held every two years, gathering student-athletes aged 17-28 from over 170 countries. FISU’s other major sporting events are the World University Championships (WUC), single-sporting events which are held in the years between the Universiades. In 2016 there will be a total of 34 Championships in 25 countries. In addition to our existing broadcast agreements, FISU’s long-term multimedia partnership with Eurosport will bring live HD broadcast for each Summer Universiade and Winter Universiade across Europe and Asia-Pacific and greater exposure for all FISU properties through the monthly TV magazine CAMPUS. FISU’s partnerships with Eurosport covers all events through 2017. The 2017 editions of the Universiade are in Almaty, KAZ (winter) and Taipei City, TPE (summer), 2019 in Krasnoyarsk, RUS (winter) and Naples, ITA (summer) and 2021 in Lucerne, SUI (winter).