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The North Carolina Bid Committee (NCBC) is comprised of individuals who are helping with, supporting, and leading an initiative to attract the 2027 Summer World University Games, the world's second largest Olympic sports event (behind only the Olympic Games), to the Raleigh-Durham-Cary-Chapel Hill area of North Carolina, commonly referred to as the Triangle.
As the name would suggest, the World University Games include the top collegiate athletes from across the globe, which makes the Triangle, with its 10 colleges and universities and more than 195,000 college students, an ideal host community for the Games.
The World University Games have significant positive impacts on a host city, from the in-person visits of the 10,000 participants from more than 150 countries, to the more than 3000 hours of broadcast coverage and 300 million viewers. Demonstrated economic impacts of the Games have exceeded more than $150 million.
The bid process for the Games has begun and the host city for the 2027 Summer World University Games will be announced in 2022. From now throughout all of 2021, the NCBC will be working overtime to position North Carolina's Triangle region as the top choice to host the Games in 2027.
It's a major effort, but anyone with a strong interest in, and passion for, the cause can get involved. Support can range from volunteer assistance to financial contributions. Feel free to explore our Bid Committee website to learn more about the WUG effort and where you can contribute best.
The earliest concepts for an Olympic-style multi-sport games among university athletes date back to the 1890's during the time that international sport leaders were launching the first edition of the modern Olympic Games. During the 1920's France hosted the International Universities Championships and the Summer Student World Championships before the name got changed in the 1930s to the International University Games. Those Games were held into the 1940's before World War II brought an end to all global sport activity.
In 1949, a new organization was formed, the International Federation for University Sports (FISU), which exists today and has staged international events for student athletes since the 1950's. An independently-organized World University Games held in Paris showed the potential of such an event as it was the first such games to include participation by countries outside Europe, with Russia, Brazil, Japan, and the United States all sending teams to compete in the Games. This level of participation gave FISU the confidence to launch what is considered to be the formal start of the current global World University Games in 1959 in Torino, Italy. The inaugural Games took place over 12 days in August and September that year, and included 45 countries and 985 athletes competing in 7 sports. Since that time there have been 28 more editions of the Games, with the most recent in Naples, Italy, with 6,000 athletes competing in 18 sports over 13 days during July 2019.
Most nations participating: 174 in the 2003 Games in Daegu, South Korea
Highest number of athletes: 12,885 in the 2013 Games in Kazan, Russia
Countries winning the Games medal count the most:
1. Soviet Union/Russia 13
2. United States 7
3. China 4
4. Japan 2
5. Hungary 1
South Korea 1
Most competition events: 351 in the 2013 Games in Kazan, Russia
Countries hosting the most Summer World University Games:
1. Italy 5
2. Japan 3
3. Bulgaria 2
South Korea 2
Soviet Union/Russia 2
Most sports in the Games: 27 in 2013 in Kazan, Russia
Top countries in the total cumulative medal count:
1. Soviet Union/Russia 845 690 675 2210
2. United States 513 440 402 1355
3. Japan 353 337 436 1126
4. China 443 308 253 1004
5. South Korea 245 201 237 683
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