2019 WUG Napoli

AKA the 'World University Games' or 'Summer Universiade'

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When: 3-14 July 2019

Where: Napoli, Italy

What: The best university and tertiary students compete in the world's second largest multisport event, competing for their country across 18 sports.

Who: 8,000 participants from 170 countries come together to put their talent to the test against the best.

How: Each National University Sporting Federation works with National Sporting Organisations to select the very best eligible students or recent graduates. 

What events will New Zealand be represented in and what is the selection criteria?

The following NSOs have committed to selecting their top athletes to travel as part of the New Zealand World Uni Games team in 2019. Please click on the link to access their selection criteria:

Please note the FISU and UTSNZ eligibility criteria associated with this event. For example, competitiors must be aged between at least 18 and no older than 25 years of age on 31 December 2019.

Who should I contact for more information?

If your query is about a particular sport, please contact the Performance Manager at the above National Sporting Organisation or the contact person identified in the selection document.

If your query is about the New Zealand team, please contact Sarah Anderson in the first instance. 

What can I expect as an athlete or spectator?

In 2017, 59 athletes travelled with 25 support staff representing 11 sports as 'One Team' in Taipei.

This might be one of the many milestones you reach throughout your athletic career, or it could be the very pinnacle. It gives participants a glimpse of the scale and power of an international multisport games. It is a huge event, with over 10,000 people taking part. It is a unique opportunity to compete on the world stage. It also offers you a chance to make friends and new training partners, learn from your team mates and other competitors and be the best you can be. 

Communications timeline

  • Dec: Sport selection criteria released
  • Jan: Announcement of Chef de Mission
  • Jan: Young Reporter's Programme applications open
  • Feb: Announcement of Performance Support Team roles
  • Feb: Announcement of team selections by FISU
  • April: Announcement of team sports draws by FISU
  • May: Individual Entry Forms due to UTSNZ

Where can I find out more details?