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Zagreb-Rijeka 2016


Zagreb-Rijeka, Croatia: July 12 - 25, 2016


The third edition of the European Universities Games was held under the slogan "Heart believes - mind achieves" in the Croatian cities Zagreb and Rijeka in July 2016.



Sports featured were Badminton, Basketball, 3x3 Basketball, Beach Volleyball, Bridge, Chess, Football, Futsal, Golf, Handball, Judo, Karate, Rowing, Rugby 7s, Sport Climbing, Swimming, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Tennis, Volleyball and Water Polo.

Participants march pass at the Opening ceremony


This edition of the European Universities Games, which took place from July 12 to July 25, was the greatest and biggest so far. More than 5 000 participants representing over 400 universities from 40 European countries competed in Croatian cities Zagreb and Rijeka.

Opening ceremony

The Games officially opened at the packed Mladost Stadium in Zagreb on the evening of July 13 with a fantastic opening ceremony. The ceremony, broadcast live on national TV (HRT), started with an introduction of the host cities and the performance of the official song of the Games ‘As long as the heart believes’. Participants and the organisers of the 1987 FISU Summer Universiade carried the flag of the European University Sports Association (EUSA), passing it to the second group consisting of several Croatian trophy-winning athletes.

Opening speeches

Before the oaths were taken, the attendees were addressed by the president of the European Universities Games Zagreb-Rijeka 2016, Mr Zrinko Custonja, the Rector of the University of Zagreb Mr Damir Boras, the President of the European University Sports Association Mr Adam Roczek and the Croatian Prime Minister Mr Tihomir Oreskovic.


EUSA President Roczek recalled the famous FISU Universiade in 1987 and thanked the organisers of the Games in Zagreb and Rijeka. Legacy of that Universiade was confirmed also by the presence of FISU President Mr Oleg Matytsin.

21 + 2 sports featured

Over the 13 days of competition, events were held across all 21 sports, with Swimming and Water Polo as demonstrative sports.

Swimming as a demonstrative sport

For the first time in the history of EUSA sports events, students with disabilities competed as well in Para-Swimming and Para-Table Tennis competitions. Apart from the competitions, participants also enjoyed accompanying social and entertainment events, as well as educational activities.

Competitions for students with disabilities

During the Games, also a special Rectors' Conference took place in Opatija and Rijeka and concluded in Zagreb between July 11 and 14, bringing about a joint Memorandum of Understanding in university sport.

Rectors' Conference

At the closing ceremony, also broadcast live on national Croatian TV, representatives of all key partners were present. Organising Committee of the European Universities Games Zagreb-Rijeka 2016 (EUG2016) and the European University Sports Association thanked everyone for their contribution in making the Games a success.  

Closing ceremony

"Rijeka, Zagreb, and all of Croatia should be proud of the great success of the Games. You have brought together thousands of people in the name of sport, made us feel like one big family and organised the best European Universities Games in history," stated EUSA President, Mr Adam Roczek.

EUSA President

The closing ceremony featured a cultural and entertainment programme, and concluded with the lowering of the EUSA flag, accompanied by the live performance of the Gaudeamus Igitur anthem.

Passing of the flag to the next host: Coimbra 2018

The EUSA flag was then passed to the representatives of the organisers of the following European Universities Games in Coimbra, Portugal.

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EUSA, Organisers and the Mascot Hrki thank the participants for joining us in Zagreb and Rijeka!

Sports Schedule

Opening Ceremony: July 13, 2016
Closing Ceremony: July 25, 2016
Badminton: July 18-24, 2016
Basketball: July 11-18, 2016
Basketball 3x3: July 22-25, 2016 [qualifying tournament for FISU World University League]
Beach Volleyball: July 19-24, 2016
Bridge: July 18-22, 2016
Chess: July 11-15, 2016
Football: July 12-19, 2016
Futsal men: July 16-24, 2016
Futsal women: July 17-24, 2016
Golf: July 19-23, 2016
Handball: 12-18, 2016
Judo: July 22-25, 2016
Karate: July 11-14, 2016
Rowing: July 11-14, 2016
Rugby 7s: July 11-14, 2016
Sport Climbing: July 21-24, 2016
Swimming: July 22-25, 2016
Para Swimming: July 22-25, 2016
Table Tennis: July 18-23, 2016
Para Table Tennis: July 20-23, 2016
Taekwondo: July 22-25, 2016
Tennis: July 12-18, 2016
Volleyball: July 17-24, 2016
Water Polo: July 11-16, 2016

Zagreb and Rijeka - host cities of the European Universities Games 2016