FISU signs Chengdu as 2021 Summer Universiade host (updated)

Source: Xinhua| 2019-03-01 15:35:19|Editor: Shi Yinglun
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KRASNOYARSK, Russia, March 1 (Xinhua) -- The International University Sports Federation (FISU) announced on Friday that the Chinese city of Chengdu will host the 2021 Summer Universiade.

A signing ceremony was held during the FISU Executive Committee meeting, which took place one day before the opening ceremony of the 2019 Winter Universiade in Krasnoyarsk.

Chengdu will receive the FISU flag from the Italian city of Naples, which is to stage the 2019 Summer Universiade, at the closing ceremony of that event.

"It's an important achievement for Chengdu and we have already started our preparations," said Xiong Yan, head of Chengdu's bureau of sports.

"2021 will be a great chance for Chengdu to show its youthfulness and energy to the world."

Chengdu is home to 64 colleges and universities. The city plans to stage most of the events in university campuses in order to promote the city's sporting infrastructure.

The Federation of University Sports of China (FUSC) also expressed its excitement about the 2021 Summer Universiade.

"This represents an opportunity for the FUSC to promote Chinese university sports on a higher level," FUSC vice president Xue Yanqing said.

"The whole country is paying greater attention to the physical health of its students, so the Universiade will mean a lot to us," Xue added.

According to Xue, the FUSC is planning to arrange more sporting events in Chengdu over the coming years in order to help the city prepare for the 2021 Games.