European Universities Games 2021
Update March 22, 2021:
The upcoming edition of the 5th European Universities Games will not be held in Belgrade this July. Despite the hard work of the local Organising Committee, EUSA and all the partners, taking into account the current pandemic situation regarding COVID-19, after much analysis and deliberation, a decision has been made that the event in Serbia cannot safely take place in the scheduled period between July 14-27, 2021.
Although the decision to postpone the Games to 2021 was taken a year ago, we were convinced that the overall pandemic situation would allow us to conduct a safe Games. Today it seems that neither pending vaccination nor lockdowns and other efforts of the governments have brought the expected results, yet we firmly believe that with time, the situation will improve and the Games can be organised in a safe and successful manner.
With the safety and well-being of the participants and the hosting country citizens as our priority, we acknowledge the decision not to have the Games in Belgrade in July this year is in the best interests of all concerned. We sincerely hope to find a solution to maintain our cooperation and to find a way that the Games may be held in Belgrade at a later date. EUSA will now do a consultation with our members, organisers of our events and their authorities to explore the possibilities to organise the Games at a later stage this year.
The fifth edition of the European Universities Games is set to take in 2021 in Belgrade, Serbia. As the current sistuation does not allow us to have the games in the proposed dates between July 14-27, 2021, we are exploring possibilities to organise the Games at a later stage this year.
Initially set to take place in July 2020, Europe’s largest gathering of student-athletes for the highly anticipated event was postponed amid the global COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all participants, volunteers, staff, visitors and local community. Despite the postponement, EUSA and the local organising committee have remained fully committed to the organisation of what is still expected to be the largest edition of European Universities Games, and look forward to welcoming all participants, guests and spectators to Belgrade in 2021.
The European Universities Games in Belgrade is set to be the highlight of the 2021 European university sports calendar, in what will be the second-largest multisport event ever organised in Serbia after the 2009 Summer Universiade. Participants from over 400 universities across Europe are expected to compete in a variety of sports over the 14 days in Serbia’s capital city.
The 5th edition of the European Universities Games will involve 21 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, Rugby 7s, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Tennis, Volleyball and Water Polo. There will also be a Para Table Tennis competition for student-athletes with disabilities, and a Sitting Volleyball competition as a demonstrative sport.
Alongside the sport competitions, the Games will 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.
University teams who were already approved by EUSA for EUG2020 and signalled their intent to participate in the event in 2021 have been contacted, with their participation confirmed for 2021.
Registrations for all remaining places available for the Games in Belgrade reopened on November 1, 2020. Please contact the national university sports body in your country to register:
General entry form: 15.01.2021
Quantiative entry form: 15.04.2021
Individual entry form: 15.06.2021
Travel plan: 15.06.2021
RELEVANT LINKS AND DOCUMENTS
- EUSA events Rules & Regulations
- Registrations Guide
- Registrations platform
- Official website
For more information about the fifth European Universities Games in Belgrade, please visit the official website eug2021.eu.
Please see our section on the European Universities Games for more information about the past and upcoming events.