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The Winter Universiade 2017 in Almaty

The Universiade – an international multi-sport event which is organised for university athletes – is held under the auspices of the International University Sports Federation (FISU). The Universiade has been the 2nd largest and prestigious multi-sporting event in the world for more than 50 years. Students of all levels graduating the year before the Universiade and who are between the ages of 17 and 28 can take part in the competitions.

Kazakhstan has been participating in the Universiade since 1993. More than 700 participants have attended, with 125 medals having been won so far.

On November 29, 2011, FISU announced that Almaty was going to be the city hosting the 28th Winter Universiade in 2017. Kazakhstan is the first among CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) countries to host the Winter Universiade.

The Key Facts:

The 2017 Universiade almaty2017.com will take place in Almaty from 29 January till 8 February.2000 athletes from 64 countries are expected to take part in the Winter Universiade competitions in Almaty. 3000 volunteers will be involved, including foreigners and representatives of regions. In addition, over 30000 guests and tourists are expected to attend the festivities.

It is estimated that the number of TV viewers will reach 1 billion, with broadcasting being available in 80 countries.

As of November 2015, the total operating budget of the Universiade has been optimised twice, with the final figures being around 17 billion tenge.


·         Biathlon

·         Alpine skiing

·         Curling

·         Speed skating

·         Nordic combined

·         Cross-country

·         Ski jumping

·         Snowboarding

·         Figure skating

·         Freestyle skiing

·         Ice hockey

·         Short track

                                                           SPORTS VENUES:

·         “Shymbulak” Ski Resort

·         “Medeu” High-Mountain Ice Rink

·         “Sunkar” International Ski Jumping Complex

·         Baluan Sholak Sports Palace

·         “Alatau” Cross-Country Skiing and Biathlon Stadium

·         Ice Palace

·         Ice Hockey Arena

·         Astana Square

Two out of the eight sports venues will be built for the Universiade: namely, the Ice Arena (3,000 seats) and the Ice Palace (12,000 seats).

Besides these venues, an Athletes’ Village, with a capacity of 5000 people, is being built for the Universiade’s participants. The Athletes’ Village will also be provided with a developed infrastructure (clinics, cafes, restaurants, and bank offices).

Open-air temporary constructions for new sports, such as snowboarding (big air) and freestyle (aerials) are planned to be built in the centre of Almaty.

Commissioning of the facilities is scheduled for August 31, 2016.

In order to better support domestic companies, the share of Kazakh goods and services being either sold or offered at the related sports facilities is more than 50%.

After the Universiade, a comprehensive sports infrastructure will be developed in Almaty which will allow the city to continue hosting the highest-level of winter sports competitions.After the Universiade, all of the sports venues will be available for the residents of Almaty to utilise.

Symbols of the Universiade:

The slogan of the Universiade is “Spread your wings!” It is hoped that it will encourage the youth participating in the competitions to succeed.

The Universiade logo must contain the image of the Latin letter U, which is a mandatory element of any sports event held by FISU.

The logo of the Winter Universiade 2017 is presented in the form of stylised wings and has a distinct dynamic form (top from left to right) which is meant to symbolize growth and the pursuit of excellence.

A young falcon named “Sunkar” was chosen to be the Winter Universiade’s mascot. Sunkar is a free and strong inhabitant of the Kazakh steppes and symbolises speed, flight, lightness, energy, and a thirst for victory – precisely the qualities that are inherent in young athletes.