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Belgrade, Serbia: POSTPONED to 2021

Updated: March 27, 2020

European University Sports Association (EUSA) and the Organising Committee of the 5th European Universities Games Belgrade 2020 have reached a decision to postpone the Games until summer 2021, due to the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak.

The exact dates of the competition will be confirmed at a later stage once feedback from all relevant stakeholders has been considered.

With the current situation unprecedented and unpredictable, we acknowledged that the health and wellbeing of all involved could not be guaranteed by July, nor would participants be able to adequately prepare considering the disruptions since the initial outbreak of the virus.

The safety and protection of all EUG2020 participants, athletes, officials, volunteers, staff, supporters, partners, federations, EUSA members and the public at large remains our primary concern, with this decision taken amid consultation with the highest national authorities of Serbia to ensure the wellbeing of all participants.

We thank all stake-holders, partners, members and the organising committee for their tireless efforts and commitment amid the uncertainty since the outbreak of the virus, and appreciate their unwavering support of the decision to continue with the organisation of the Games.

We apologise for any inconvenience this unprecedented situation has caused, and appreciate your support as we continue our preparations for what is still set to be one of the biggest European university sports competitions ever.

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European Universities Games 2020 postponed

Postponed until 2021, the European Universities Games in Belgrade is still set be Europe’s largest university sport event of the year, and the second-largest multisport event ever organised in Serbia, after the 2009 Summer Universiade. Over 5500 participants from Europe’s leading sport universities are expected to compete 20 different sporting disciplines. 

The European Universities Games is a multisport event engaging athletes from European universities, with Serbia’s capital city of Belgrade hosting the fifth edition of European Universities Games, after Coimbra, Portugal.

The first edition of the Games in 2012 attracted over 2500 participants, representing 154 universities from 32 countries. Rotterdam, The Netherlands hosted the second edition in 2014 which witnessed over 2800 participants from 34 countries, representing 174 universities from 34 countries. The third edition of the Games was hosted by Zagreb and Rijeka in Croatia and included more than 5400 participants representing 388 universities from 40 countries, a competition record. The fourth edition was held in the City of Coimbra, Portugal over the summer of 2018, and involved 4027 participants from 38 countries representing 291 different universities.

The 5th edition of the European Universities Games will involve 20 different sporting disciplines in the sports programme. This includes Badminton, Basketball, 3x3 Basketball, Beach Handball, Beach Volleyball, Chess, Football, Futsal, Handball, Judo, Karate, Kickboxing, Orienteering, Rowing, Table Tennis, Para Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Tennis, Volleyball and Water Polo.

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Alongside the sport competitions, the Games focus on educational and social aspects of university sport in Europe, featuring conferences and workshops in the topics Anti-Doping, Inclusion, Dual Career, as well as a Rectors' Conference. The legacy of the Games will be visibly clear as support from many institutions from across Europe and the local community will aid the development of university sports and student facilities in Belgrade.

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