The Universiade is a multidisciplinary sport event aimed at university students from all over the world. For relevance and number of participants, Summer Universiade is just second to Olympic Games and is also considered more important than Winter Olympic Games. This event, over the time, has acquired the distinguished features of an international sport and culture festival. The “Universiade” term is just the combination between the Italian words “Università” and “Olimpiade”, and includes one of the most relevant concepts in every kind of sport: universality
The Universiade, in its modern form, was created by the Italian sport manager Primo Nebiolo, who organized the first edition in Torino in 1959 and is staged every two years in a different city.
Thanks to the Italian National Government, who has supported the candidacy, and thanks to the cooperation of Italian and local Universities, CUSI (Italian Sport Universitary Center) and Coni (Italian Olympic Commitee), Regione Campania has achieved the nomination from the FISU on the 5th March 2016.
Napoli is the third Italian city for population size and is known all over the world for its history and cultural, historical and naturalistic wealth of surrounding districts. Furthermore, Napoli and Campania Region can boast a great sport tradition: important athletes, born in Campania, have inspired the lives of people and have complemented part of daily habits and culture.