The 2013 Summer Universiade, the XXVII Summer Universiade, is scheduled for Kazan, Russia.
Kazan is a capital of the Republic of Tatarstan is located 800 km east of Moscow, the federal capital, is a busy hub. The city has the biggest student community in the region. The 27th Summer Universiade Kazan 2013 is a huge sporting event with over 13,500 University athletes from over 170 countries, participating in 27 different summer sports. The Universiade is organized by the International University Sports Federation (FISU) based in Lausanne, Switzerland. It was founded in 1962 and it is now the 2nd largest sport participation event in the world.
The cities of Kazan, Russia, Vigo, Spain and Gwangju, South Korea were in contention for the Games. On May 31, 2008, FISU announced that the host would be Kazan. Kazan is one of the oldest cities in Russia and enjoys a unique multi-national historical and cultural heritage. The population of the city is 1.2 million people. Kazan is one of the biggest scientific and educational centers in Russia. About 10,000 young people finish secondary schools every year and the 210,000 students study in 30 institutions of higher education and 23 schools and colleges.
The 64 Universiade 2013 sports venues are concentrated in 4 zones across the city of Kazan proper. This is the area of the Pobeda Avenue and the Orenburgsky Trakt where the Universiade Village is located, as well as the Palace of Water Sports, Tennis Academy, Gymnastics Palace. Many sports venues are located downtown of Kazan, and some of them in Novo-Savinovsky District. The fourth zone is Zarechye for training grounds.
These zones are connected by renewed highways with two-level flyovers, including a completed Big Kazan Ring. Also a new bridge over the Kazanka River is building from the Youth Centre to the Baturin Street.
The main transport connecting the sports venues with the Universiade Village will be newly built subway.
27 new sports venues are built for the event and the legacy project of Kazan are already ready. At the moment the Universiade's venues and stadiums are given to high schools and universities of the capital of Tatarstan, to children and youth sport schools, and to the Olympic reserve schools. Presently the Universiade Village is integrated into the main campus of the Federal University System.
Here is a list of the sports that will be contested at the 2013 Summer Universiade:
2. Water Polo
6. Table Tennis
10. Rhythmic Gymnastics
13. Artistic Gymnastics
16. Belt Wrestling
18. Canoe Racing
19. Beach Volleyball
22. Field Hockey
24. Synchronized Swimming
25. Rugby sevens
The mascot of the World University Games is another symbol of the Universiade. First introduced at the 1981 Winter Universiade, today it is a mandatory element of the University Games. As a rule, the mascot represents an animal that symbolizes the country where the Games are being held. Uni, the kitten winged snow leopard, became the main Summer Universiade mascot symbol. The winged snow leopard is the national symbol of the Republic of Tatarstan. Stylized, this creature is represented on the national emblem of Tatarstan. Tne snow leopard is a symbol of Bulgar tsars, the totem of the Bulgar tribe of Barsils, the main group of the Volga Bulgaria population.
The Universiade logo consists of a black letter 'U' printed on a white background, centered over 5 stars symbolizing five continents. The emblem is present at the white flag of the world University Games. The Kazan Universiade logo sign is a stylized tulip. The basis of this brand sign is the floral style of a modern Tatar ornament. In addition, flowers are an essential attribute of summer, a symbol of youth, development, joy and happiness.
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