European Universities Games Salerno 2026

 

 

Following the conclusion of the bidding process and the official presentation of the candidature, the European Universities Games 2026 have been attributed to Salerno on April 22, at the occasion of the EUSA Executive Committee meeting in Salerno.

Announcement of the host

The bidding and awarding ceremony was held at the Aula Magna of the University of Salerno, in the presence of the highest local and university authorities, EUSA Executive Committee members, invited guests and students, including the President of the Region of Campagna Mr Vincenzo De Luca.

The presentation and attribution ceremony

The delegation of the Bidding Committee was represented by the Rector of the University of Salerno Mr Vincenzo Loia, who is also the Chair of the Committee; Mr Lorenzo Lentini, President of CUS Salerno; Mr Antonio Dima, President of CUSI; Mr Attilio Riggio, Vice-Director General of the University of Salerno; Mr Michele Di Ruocco, Director General of CUS Salerno; and Mr Emilio Di Marzio, President of ADISURC.

Rector of the University pf Salerno Mr Loia

The delegation of the European and International governing university sports bodies were represented by Mr Adam Roczek, the President of EUSA; Mr Leonz Eder, the Acting President of FISU; Mr Haris Pavletic, the First Vice-President of EUSA; Mr Francis Cirianni, the Treasurer of EUSA; and Mr Matjaz Pecovnik, the Secretary General of EUSA.

EUSA President Mr Roczek

After the welcoming speeches by EUSA President Mr Roczek and FISU Acting President Mr Eder, the Rector of the University of Salerno Mr Loia as the host and the Chair of the Bidding Committee, welcomed the participants and started the bidding presentation for the 2026 Games.

FISU Acting President Mr Eder

The President of CUS Salerno Mr Lorenzo Lentini took the podium next, remembering the successes of the latest Summer Universiade, taking place in 2019 in Naples and surrounding areas, including Salerno.

President of CUS Salerno Mr Lentini

He was followed by CUSI President Mr Antonio Dima, who reflected on the key values that are the basis human values, and also important for university sport – including peace, sharing, working together, and the balance of winning and losing – fundamental especially in sport.

Antonio Dima, CUSI President

Director General of CUS Salerno and member of the bidding committee Mr Michele Di Ruocco presented the Salerno bid in more details, including the legacy, proposed sports programme and facilities to be used in 2026.

Michele Di Ruocco

Also the logo of the event was explained, closely linked to the City of Salerno, and the new symbol of the city - Liberty Square (Piazza della Liberta).

European Universities Games 2026 logo

A closing video concluded the official part of the presentation and the bidding proecss.

President of the Region of Campagna Mr De Luca

After the confirmation of the attribution of the event to Salerno by EUSA President Mr Roczek and conclusion of the bidding process, the President of the Campania region Mr De Luca addressed the audience at this memorable occasion.

Signing of the agreement

The final step in the process was the official signing of the attribution agreement.

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