Swiss City Lucerne awarded 2021 Winter Universiade
Lucerne in Switzerland will stage the 30th Winter Universiade in 2021 after the International University Sports Federation (FISU) awarded the hosting rights to the city during its Executive Committee meeting in Brussels from 4-5 March.
The decision was taken following a positive report given by FISU’s Winter Universiade Evaluation Committee on the findings from its visit to Lucerne in February.
The Lucerne Bidding Committee followed the report with a presentation of its own, which detailed a sports programme consisting of nine sports: alpine skiing, biathlon, cross-country skiing, curling, figure skating, freestyle skiing, freestyle snowboarding, ice hockey and short track speed skating. The presentation also outlined Lucerne’s bid motto: ‘Welcome Home!’
FISU President, Oleg Matytsin, said: “I am delighted that the 30th edition of the FISU Winter Universiade is going to be in Lucerne. Hosting our Games in Switzerland is a bit like playing a home game, as we have our headquarters in Lausanne. Lucerne’s bid is very appealing as it focuses on sustainability, tradition and capitalising on the operational excellence of the Swiss sports industry. It is also very pleasing to see that the whole region of Central Switzerland will be involved, spreading the Games and promoting the university spirit to a wider audience. There is a lot of truth in Lucerne’s slogan ‘Welcome Home!’.”
Guido Franz Graf, Cantonal Councillor of Lucerne and President of the Bidding Committee added: “Central Switzerland is the cradle of the Swiss Confederation. Thanks to its mountainous landscape, it is also one of the cradles of winter tourism and winter sports. This is why we are presenting our bid with the motto ‘Welcome Home’.”
The Lucerne Bidding Committee also made clear that its wider ambitions for hosting the Winter Universiade are to enhance the city’s reputation as a centre of education and culture.
FISU Secretary General/CEO Eric Saintrond said: “I am pleased the Winter Universiade will return to Switzerland. Let’s not forget that Switzerland hosted the 2nd Winter Universiade in Villars in 1962, that’s a long time ago. FISU is confident these Games will be very well organised as the Swiss are experts in winter sports and the venues already exist. The Swiss University Sports Federation is a very active FISU member and this bid is once again proof of their strong commitment and involvement in the international university sports movement.”
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