NAPLES, Italy, June 4 (CED) – The 30th Summer Universiade kicked off with a grand Opening Ceremony at 9 p.m. local time on July 3 in Naples, Italy. Over the next 12 days, over 6,000 athletes from 118 countries and regions will compete in 18 sports disciplines.
Headed by Vice Education Minister Zhong Denghua, the 343-person Chinese delegation to the Universiade includes 198 athletes from 66 universities, with an average age of 22. They will participate in 144 competitions covering 14 disciplines, including archery, athletics, diving, fencing, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, tennis, shooting, volleyball and water polo (female). The disciplines in which Chinese athletes are expected to win medals are shooting, diving, table tennis, swimming, taekwondo and women’s volleyball.
Wang Dengfeng, executive Head of the Chinese delegation and Director of the MOE’s Department of Physical, Health and Arts Education, said in an interview that the Summer Universiade offered the ideal opportunity for college athletes to display their solid skills and wished all Chinese athletes success for the games. He also hoped that Chinese athletes would adopt a suitable attitude towards challenge – courage, perseverance, and refusal to give up, whether they win or not.
The Summer Universiade is an international multi-sport event organized for university athletes by the International University Sports Federation (FISU). Staged every two years, it is second in importance only to the Olympic Games.
At the time of this release going to press, the Chinese national team has already won one gold and one silver medal. In the women’s 1m springboard final, Song Shoulin from Beijing Sports University and Wu Chunting from Guangzhou Sports Institute ranked first and second with a total of 258.35 and 256.30 points, respectively.