Brazil and Russia to Host 2019 Summer and Winter World University Games

BRUSSELS, Belgium, November 11. IN a somewhat anticlimactic announcement, Brasilia won the bid today to host the 2019 Summer World University Games, while Krasnoyarsk will bring the World University Games back to Russia for the 2019 winter edition.

Brasilia is the Brazilian capital and located about 700 miles northwest of Rio de Janeiro. The announcement today marks the third major sporting event for Brazil in this decade. First up is the 2014 World Cup for football (soccer), then the 2016 Olympic Games. Brasilia was the only candidate for the 2019 Summer Universiade, as Budapest and Baku had withdrawn their bids. According to the official report of the bidding process from the International University Sports Federation, Baku’s organizing committee made its intentions known to bid for the 2021 event.

“Attributing the Games to Brasilia will allow us to implement a development policy for sport and education not only in Brazil, but also throughout South America,” said FISU President Claude-Louis Gallien.

Krasnoyarsk, one of the most-populous cities in the Siberian region, was also the only candidate for the 2019 Winter World University Games. The Swiss city of Valais was forced to withdraw, but like Baku, plans to make a play for 2021. With Krasnoyarsk, it’s likely that the FISU voters had no choice but to return the event to Russia six years after the country hosted the 2013 edition in Kazan.

“It is the most beautiful day in my life,” said Lev Kuznetsov, the Governor of the Krasnoyarsk region. “I thank FISU for the confidence it has demonstrated by allowing us to organize the Universiade.”

The 2017 World University Games will be held in Taipei for the summer edition and the Kazakhstan city of Almaty in the winter.