The grand celebration was a much-needed breath of fresh air for the global sporting community after the tragic events at the Munich Olympics. Universiade organizers have managed to gather an at the time record 72 participating countries and create a unique spirit of camaraderie and unity.
More than 2700 athletes were competing in 10 sports. Among them were both already renowned athletes and those for whom the Universiade has become one of the first steps towards the international sporting arena. One such sportsman was the current President of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach, who was competing in fencing. His performance in Moscow was followed by victories at the World Championship and the Olympics.
Universiade’s atmosphere of friendship became especially memorable because of an event unique to the world of sports. The bronze medal for high jump was awarded to 7 athletes at the same time! Athletes from 6 countries have shared the third place – the USSR, Italy, Romania, Canada, the USA, and Czechoslovakia.
And now, 50 years later, coinciding with the 300th anniversary of the host city, Russia will once again have the honor of welcoming this celebration of sports and youth. Half a century of experience hosting successful tournaments will undoubtedly make the Ekaterinburg 2023 FISU World University Games an unforgettable experience for guests and participants.