Basketball is one of the compulsory team sports always present at the Universiade: Indeed, the participating teams in Turin 1959 edition were 15 and Soviet Union won the first gold medal. In the following edition in Sofia the tournament was open to women’s national teams as well. 16 will be the teams taking part in Napoli 2019 in both men’s and women’s tournament.
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The United States holds the highest number of titles thanks to the men’s national team. Since they debuted in Budapest in 1965, the Americans have always won the gold medal, until 1981 when they were defeated by Soviet Union in Bucharest. In Taipei, the gold medal was won by Lithuania, which defeated U.S.A., while Australia won the women’s tournament.