Archery was included by FISU in 1996. It’s been optional sport in 6 Universiades, including last 4, and for the first time in Napoli 2019, will be compulsory sport, to demonstrate how it is becoming a very popular and successful sport. There will be individual and team competitions (men, women and mixed) in compound and recurve.
|Competition||Avellino||Partenio Stadium Campo A|
|Warm up||Avellino||Partenio Stadium Campo B|
South Korea ruled the last Summer Universiade in Taipei, winning 8 of the 10 sport disciplines and missing just a gold medal in the compound team competition and women recurve individual. In general, South Korea ruled all the last six editions, winning an amount of more than 30 gold medals.
Artistic Gym. was introduced during the second edition of the event in Sofia in 1961. It has always been in the compulsory sports program of the Universiades and it is one of the most extraordinary and popular sports. The stage of the Univerisades has always acted as a springboard for the gymnasts and their growth.
|Competition||Napoli||PalaVesuvio Main Hall|
|Warm up||Napoli||PalaVesuvio Hall A|
|Training||Napoli||PalaVesuvio Hall B-C|
During the edition in Zagabria in 1987, russian gymnast Elena Chouchounova won the Gold medal in all the six competitions included in the program. In addition to the individual and team programs, she won gold also in the vault, in the floor, in the balance beam and in uneven bars, achieving a record that, at the moment, seems to be out of reach.
Athletics is absolutely the widest individual program of the whole Universiade, with more than 1000 athletes in 50 disciplines. Athletics was present since the first edition of Universiade in 1959: several records have been made in the different editions, including one of the most enduring, realized by Pietro Mennea for the 200 metres, in Mexico City in 1979.
|Competition||Napoli||San Paolo Stadium|
|Warm up||Napoli||CUS Napoli|
|Throws Training||Napoli||Air Force Accademy|
Athletics, during the past editions, has always shown a great number of high-level individual performances. In Taipei the medal collection was won by Japan, that achieved 16 medals, 7 gold, followed by Poland, that won 14 medals. Two Universiade records were reached, javelin throw (man) and hammer throw (women).
Basketball is the one of team sport that has always been present in the program of the Universiades compulsory sports: in Turin 1959, 15 teams joined the games, and the gold medal was won by Soviet Union. In the next edition in Sofia, also female basketball tournament was included. In Napoli 2019 there will be 16 male teams and 16 females.
|Training||Napoli||CUS Napoli (2 courts)|
United States won the greatest number of medals thanks to their male team. From their first time playing in Budapest 1965, americans have always won the gold medal until 1981, when they were beaten by Soviet Union in Bucharest. In Taipei they were beaten again by Lithuania, while the female tournament was won by Australia.
It has been a compulsory sport since the Summer Universiade second edition in Sofia. Diving is closely tied up with the university sport programs: a lot of athletes, who later became Olympic or World Champions, took part in the University Games, adding value to the competition in every edition. In Napoli 2019 medals will be awarded for 1 and 3 mt. springboard and for 10 mt. platform for the individual, while for the synchronized, medals will be awarded for 3 mt springboard and 10 mt platform for male, female and mixed team.
In Budapest 1965 the USA delegation participated for the first time in the Summer Universiade and, as in many other disciplines, it prevailed also in diving: Americans won the gold medal in all four classes included in the program. Over the years, the Asian countries started to rule the sport, as also shown in Taipei 2017.
With more than 300 athletes, fencing is one of the symbol sport of the Summer Universiade, as well as a ladder for world’s competitions and Olympic Games. Fencing has been present since Turin 1959 and it has been one of the first sport to be included in the university program.
In Duisburg 1989 for the first time in an international competition there were two innovations: the female’s team epee tournament and the electronic control in sabre competitions, that brought the quality of the competition to a better level. In Napoli 2019 there will be all the internationally recognised competitions.
Footballs is the most famous and enjoyed sport of the world, as well as one of the programs with the highest number of participants of the whole Universiade. It became compulsory sport in Kobe edition of 1985, while the female tournament played for the first time in Buffalo in 1993. Napoli 2019 will host 24 teams, equally split into men and women.
|Competition||Aversa||A. Bisceglia Stadium|
|Competition||Caserta||A. Pinto Stadium|
|Competition||Salerno (main)||Arechi Stadium|
|Competition||Benevento||C. Vigorito Stadium|
|Competition||Pagani||M. Torre Stadium|
|Competition||Cava dei Tirreni||S. Lamberti Stadium|
|Competition||Nocera||San Francesco Stadium|
|Competition||Casoria||San Mauro Stadium|
|Training||Montesarchio||A. Allegretto Stadium|
|Training||Torre Annunziata||A. Giraud Stadium|
|Training||Napoli (Barra)||Caduti di Brema Stadium|
|Training||Sarno||F. Squitieri Stadium|
|Training||Napoli ( Ponticelli)||G. Ascarelli Sport Field|
|Training||Castellammare||R. Menti Stadium|
|Training||Napoli||San Pietro a Patierno Stadium|
|Training||Boscoreale||V. Pozzo Stadium|
The first edition of the male tournament was won, surprisingly, by North Corea; while the first female tournament was won by China. In Taipei Japan won both tournaments: it is the nation that has collected the highest number of gold medals in the Universiade football competitions.
Optional sport in Tokyo 1967, Kobe 1985 and Fukuoka 1995, judo has been recently included in the program of the compulsory sports in Bangkok 2007. The growth of this discipline is been strong edition by edition. Napoli 2019 will host four male weight classes (up to 100, 81-90, 66-73 and to 60) and four females (up to 78, 63-70, 52-57 and to 48).
|Competition||Napoli||Mostra d’Oltremare hall 6|
|Warm up\Training||Napoli||Mostra d’Oltremare hall 5|
The Taipei 2017 edition was won by Japan, that collected 16 medals, of which 10 gold, equally divided into male and female teams. Japan and Asian counties have the best winning tradition in this discipline.
It is the only compulsory women-only program. It was introduced as optional sport in the Summer Universiade program during the edition in Sheffield in 1991, but since the following edition it became a mandatory sport, thanks to the great interest of the audience. In 2019 Napoli there will be, clearly, all the gym equipment, in addition to the 5 balls, and 3 hoops and 2 ribbons groups.
|Competition\Warm up||Napoli||Palavesuvio Main Hall|
|Training||Napoli||Palavesuvio Hall A – B – C|
During the first edition in Sheffield, only 19 athletes took part in the competitions and the North Korea won all the gold medals. Since, the number of athletes increased exponentially and all the most important gymnasts of the contemporary times took part in Universiades: starting from Natalia Godunko, Irina Tchatchina, up to Eugenia Pavlina and Maria Petrova.
Rugby Seven is one of the optional sport of Napoli 2019. It’s a fastest and more impressive kind of rugby. It’s the second time that this sport is included in the Summer Universiade, but there have already been several World University Championships, in demonstration of a growth of a sport that has been also part of Rio 2016.
|Competition||Napoli (principale)||Albricci Stadium|
|Training||Torre del Greco||A. Liguori Stadium|
|Training||Napoli||Ex Nato Stadium|
|Training||Afragola||L. Moccia Stadium|
Rugby Seven was also present in Kazan 2013 as an optional sport. Italy won the female tournament and France the males’. In Napoli 2019 there will be 16 teams playing, equally divided into men and women.
Being Napoli very keen on sailing, it will be optional sport in Napoli 2019 and it could not be otherwise. Sailing has been added recently in the FISU program (the first University Championship was in 2002), and it appeared for the first time in the Summer Universiade of 1999 in Palma de Mallorca and again in Shenzen 2011 like optional sport.
|Competition||Napoli||Circolo Italia\Circolo Savoia|
|Training||Napoli||Circolo Italia\Circolo Savoia|
The competition will take place in Napoli’s Gulf, in a 900 metres field. There will be 5 days of competitions, where the 16 teams will compete in 3 races with 8 sailboats. In Shezen 2011 China dominated the scene winning 4 golds out of 8.
Shotgun and shooting, both optional sports in Napoli 2019, are considered by CUSI as one single sport (shooting sports). They were introduced for the first time in Bangkok 2007, always as optional sports, with 450 athletes. Shooting sports were also present in the editions of 2011, 2013 and 2015.
|Competition\Training Shooting||Napoli||Napoli Shooting Center – Via Campegna|
Given that shooting sports were not present in Taipei 2017, FISU decided to include Shooting and Shotgun in the program of Napoli 2019. The classes approved by the International Federation for both sports in men and women competitions will be included. More than 350 participants have been expected in Napoli for the games.
Always been included in the Summer Universiade program, swimming, like athletics, is the sport program with the longest list of participants. The competition level and the number of participants increased edition after edition, in the same way swimming became one of the most popular sports in the world.
The competition level in the Universiade swimming program has always been maximum. As illustrated by the fact that, in the first two editions in Torino and Sofia, an amount of 24 world records was broken, whereas in Bucharest 1981, 26 universiade records were broken on the 29 competitions included in the program. In Taipei the USA athletes won the greatest number of medals (28 podium and 11 gold medals).
Table tennis is one of the sports that mainly grew at international level: it became one of the most popular discipline thanks to the increasing number of participants and spectators. Thanks to China, a real pioneer of the sport, table tennis appeared for the first time during the Universiade of Beijing in 2001 and it became a mandatory discipline during the edition of Izmir in 2005.
|Training\Warm up||Pozzuoli||PalaTrincone – Tentstructure|
Table tennis is the youngest mandatory sport included in the Universiade program. In Taipei 2017 the Asian countries hoarded a great number of medals, ruling all the disciplines of the program. The program will be the same in Napoli 2019 both at individual double and levels with 24 teams for each categories.
Taekwondo is a pretty young sport, also at the Olympic level, but it joined the University sport program in 1986. Since 2003 edition it has been an optional discipline, but in Taipei 2017 it entered the mandatory sports program.
|Competition||Casoria||Palazzetto dello Sport|
|Training\Warm up||Casoria||Palazzetto dello Sport|
In Taipei 2017, the greatest number of medals was awarded to South Korea, the inventor of this extraordinary sport. In Napoli 2019, there will be 6 categories both for men and women in kyorugi competition, while in poomsae competition there will be individual and team for men and women and mixed team also.
Tennis is one of the first sport that joined the FISU program, starting from the Universiade, for which it has been a mandatory discipline since the first edition in Torino, in 1959. Thanks to FISU and ITF collaboration, different tennis stadiums were built during the Universiades in order to ensure the highest level of the competition both for athletes and spectators.
|Competition||Napoli||Circolo Tennis and Caracciolo boardwalk|
|Training||Napoli||Cus Napoli (6 courts)|
The first gold medals in Torino 1959 were awarded to France in the men tournament and to the former URSS in the women’s one. During the different editions, Asian countries started to rule, as also shown in Taipei where the hosts won the competition. In Napoli 2019 there will be whole individual double and also mixed programs.
Just like basketball, volleyball has always been present in the program of the games since the beginning. In Turin 1959, 12 teams took part in the Universiade, while the female tournament was introduced in the next edition, with 6 teams playing. The volleyball tournament has always been one of the most followed.
|Competition||Ariano||Palazzeto dello Sport|
|Competition||San Giorgio a Cremano||PalaVeliero|
|Training||Casalnuovo||Palazzetto dello Sport|
|Training||Portici||Palazzetto dello Sport|
|Training||Napoli||Polifunzionale Soccavo (2 courts)|
In Taipei the male tournament was won by Iran, and the females by Russia. Since Izmir 2005, the program includes 24 nations playing in the male tournament and 16 in the females’, while in Napoli 2019 there will be 16 teams for each tournament.
Starting from seven countries in the men-only tournament of the first edition, up to the 20 countries, equally split between men and women national teams, that will take part in Napoli 2019. The development of water polo is connected to the increase of the number of participants during the different Universiades. In Belgrado 2009, the competition has been opened to women teams, too.
|Training (M)||Napoli||Circolo Canottieri|
|Training (W)||Napoli||Pala Dennerlein|
The water polo competitions of the Universiades were never lacking in emotional intensity. In Sheffield 1991, the final match between the favourite USA and the wonder China ended just after the extra times, whereas, more recently, the countries of the former Jugoslavia dominated the competition, as also happened in Taipei, where Serbia prevailed. The women tournament, instead, was won by the USA.