Germany Will Host the Rhine-Ruhr 2025 FISU World University Games

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On May 15, 2021, in Düsseldorf, the Executive Committee of the International University Sports Federation FISU selected North Rhine-Westphalia to host the Rhine-Ruhr 2025 FISU World University Games. The FISU World University Games are held every two years - in odd years - in winter and in summer by the International University Sports Federation, Fédération Internationale du Sport Universitaire, FISU.


In July 2025, North Rhine-Westphalia and the Rhine-Ruhr region will host around 10,000 athletes and officials from 170 countries. Participants will compete in 18 sports over twelve days. The competitions will be held in Bochum, Duisburg, Düsseldorf, Essen and Mülheim an der Ruhr. In addition to top sporting comparisons, the event will focus on science, sustainability and innovation as well as intercultural exchange. The Rhine-Ruhr 2025 FISU World University Games are organized by the German University Sports Federation (adh).

The FISU World University Games are the world's largest multi-sports event after the Olympic and Paralympic Games, and are being held in Germany for the first time since 1989.

Students who are 25 years of age or younger and are nominated by their national federations can compete at the FISU World University Games. Participants include both young student athletes and established top athletes.

With an international science congress and a thematically wide-ranging supporting program, the FISU World University Games are a multi-layered, intercultural event. The combination of top-class sports, cultural impressions and personal exchange is what gives the FISU Games their special flair, which also inspires established sports stars.

The following fifteen sports are part of the fixed program of the summer edition of the FISU World University Games:

Badminton, Basketball, Archery, Fencing, Artistic Gymnastics, Judo, Athletics, Rhythmic Gymnastics, Swimming, Taekwondo, Tennis, Table Tennis, Volleyball, Water Polo and Diving. The optional sports 3x3 Basketball, Beach Volleyball as well as Rowing complete the program of the Rhine-Ruhr 2025 FISU World University Games. There are also plans to integrate individual para-sports competitions into the program.

Well-known German participants at the FISU World University Games and universiades include Jörg Ahmann, Dr. Thomas Bach, Dr. Sabine Bau, Ole Bischoff, Karla Borger, Britta Büthe, Heide Ecker-Rosendahl, Jan Fitschen, Ariane Friedrich, Eberhard Gienger, Dr. Michael Groß, Fabian Hambüchen, Betty Heidler, Britta Heidemann, Andreas Hofmann, Dr. Franz-Josef Kemper, Sarah Köhler, Thomas Lurz, Björn Otto, Dr. Yorck Polus, Wolf-Dieter Poschmann, Silke Renk-Lange, Prof. Dr. Klaus Steinbach or Britta Steffen.