The Universiade is a multi-sport event addressed to university students from all over the world. For relevance and number of participants, Summer Universiade is just second to Olympic Games and it considered more important than the Winter Olympic Games. This event, over the years, acquired the distinguished features of an international sport and cultural festival. The word “Universiade” is the combination of the Italian words “Università” and “Olimpiade”,  thus embodying one of the most relevant concepts of sport: universality.

The Universiade, in its modern form, was created by Italian sport manager Primo Nebiolo, who organized the first edition in Turin in 1959, and is staged every two years in a different city.

Thanks to the Italian Government,which supported the candidacy, and in partnership with Italian Universities, CUSI (Italian University Sports Centre) and the CONI (National Italian Olympic Commitee), Regione Campania was appointed by FISU on March 5, 2016.

Napoli is the third most populated Italian city and is known around the world for its historical-cultural heritage, its breathtaking natural beauties and its surrounding districts. Furthermore, Napoli and Campania Region can boast a great sport tradition: very important athletes, born in Campania, inspired people’s life, their daily habits and culture.