Sunday, May 24, 2009

2015 Winter Universiade will be held in Granada

Yesterday, during the second day of the FISU Executive Committee Meeting the 27th Winter Universiade has been attributed to Granada, Spain. The authorities presenting Granada were the Mayor of Granada José Torres, the Rector of the University of Granada, Francisco Gonzalez; representative of the Council of Andalucia, Martin Soler; the Representative of the Government Antonio Martinez; Marta Carranza (CSD), Maria José Rienda (RFEDI); Eduardo Roldan (RFEDI); Frank Gonzalez (FDEH); Francisco Barranco (GR2015); Eduardo Valenzuela (GR2015).
With the legendary Sierra Nevada mountain range as the focus of the Bid Committee's presentation, the Spanish stressed the importance of bringing the Winter Universiade to Granada to develop the ice sports in the south of Spain. "Granada and the Sierra Nevada is a well known snow sports area", Eduardo Valenzuela, Bid Director said. "Thanks to the Winter Universiade we will be able to start developing the ice sports as well. This will make the region a complete winter sport hotbed".
"I'm happy that FISU has the opportunity to go back to Spain for the Winter Universiade, We've been in Spain twice before and we know they will do a good job", FISU President Killian said.
FISU stands for Federation Internationale du Sport Universitaire (International University Sports Federation) and was founded in 1949. FISU's main responsability is the supervision of both Summer and Winter Universiades as well as the World University Championships.
The Universiade is an international sporting and cultural festival which is staged every two years in a different city and which is second in importance only to the Olympic Games.
The Winter Universiade consists of 7 compulsory sports (Alpine skiing; Nordic skiing composed of jump, cross country & combined; Biathlon; Ice Hockey; Short-Track Speed Skating; Figure Skating and Curling) and one or two optional sports also chosen by the host country.
The Universiades is open to all student athletes that have not been out of university or its equivalent for more than a year and that are between 17 and 28 years old.