The EUSA European Universities Games in Lodz, one of the biggest multi-sport events in Europe this year, came to an end after 15 days of competition.
— Adam Roczek, President of EUSA
LODZ, POLAND, July 31, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — The European University Games in Lodz, one of the biggest multi-sport events in Europe this year, concluded after 15 days of competition with a closing ceremony, held on Saturday July 30 at the Lodz Sport arena. The memorable event offered 20 sports, as well as an extensive program of educational, social and cultural activities. The event was prepared by the European University Sports Association (USA), in collaboration with the local organizing committee EUG2022led by Lodz University of Technology, University Sports Association of Poland (AZS) and the City of Lodz, supported by key partners.
The closing ceremony took place in the presence of the most senior regional, municipal, university and university sports officials, and showed highlights from each of the 20 sports presented at the 2022 Games, as well as a taste of what to what we can expect at the next European University Games in 2024.
In the closing speech, the President of EUSA, Mr. Adam Roczek, thanked the Organizing Committee and the host city partners and spoke about the event: “It was amazing to restart the university sport in Europe after the pandemic. These were the Games of equal opportunities and solidarity, the Games of hope, the Games which proved that the European University Sports Community is still strong and vital; the BEST games ever!” He also gave special thanks to the volunteers for their hard work.
After the lowering of the EUSA flag and the academic anthem Gaudeamus Igitur, the flag was passed from the President of the Organizing Committee of the European University Games 2022, the Rector of the Lodz University of Technology, Mr. Krzysztof Jozwik, to the organizers of the next edition of the European University Games in 2024, represented by the Rector of the University of Miskolc Ms. Zita Horvath. In 2024, the university sports community will meet in two cities located in eastern Hungary – Debrecen and Miskolc.
The biannual event, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, began with the official opening ceremony on July 17 at the Atlas Arena in Poland’s 3rd largest city of Lodz, where more than 7,000 people welcomed the athletes , officials, referees and volunteers at this year’s European University Games.
More than 6,000 people participated directly in the event, registering 4,459 participants, representing 422 universities from 38 countries. Over 800 volunteers contributed to the success of the event, and other key people making the event a reality were members of the organizing committee, EUSA representatives and staff, as well as a strong delegation of referees and judges, many of whom were appointed by European sport. governing bodies.
The European University Games targets athletes enrolled in higher education in Europe, and this year’s edition of the Games offered them the opportunity to compete in 3×3 basketball, badminton, basketball, beach handball, beach volleyball, chess, football, futsal , handball, judo, karate, kickboxing, sport climbing, swimming, table tennis (including para table tennis), tennis, volleyball, water polo and also with sitting volleyball and para power lifting as promotional sports . The 3×3 basketball and football competitions were also considered European qualifiers for the FISU University World Cups.
Thanks to the joint efforts of EUSA, AZS and the local organizing committee, 285 Ukrainian participants, representing 40 universities, were able to participate in 16 sports. Ukrainian student-athletes also enjoyed great success, winning 62 medals in the event.
In addition to sports competitions, the Games offered a wide range of educational, cultural and social activities. Several educational events, including a conference on volunteering, workshops on social skills, the fight against doping, disability and inclusion, a round table on dual careers and other fun and educational activities were organized in July.
The European University Games in Lodz was organized under the license of the European University Sports Association (EUSA) by the Lodz University of Technology, the University Sports Association of Poland (AZS) and the City of Lodz, in cooperation with the EUSA Institute and several partners, including the Ministry of Education and Science, national and local tourist organizations, the Polish Olympic Committee, national and local sports organizations, the media and has also been supported by the program European Union Erasmus+.