The Friendship Games 2017 were held in Eilat

The Friendship Games 2017 were held in Eilat

The 12th edition of the Friendship Games, an international university basketball tournament, concluded in Eilat, Israel, on July 6, after a week of basketball competitions and bringing cultures and religions closer together in friendship.

Athletes, both men and women, representing 13 teams from Jordan, Palestine, Germany, Poland, Russia, Ukraine, Lithuania and Israel took part at this year's event.

Basketball bringing people together

Once again, the power of sport provided the basis of a fascinating encounter between students from diverse religions and backgrounds. New friendships were formed, allowing students to get to know each other and their cultures.

Accompanying programme

All the participants were taken on tours of Jerusalem, and the Dead Sea. Social events created a great atmosphere of friendship and companionship and the Closing Ceremony was held on the banks of the Red Sea.

Female winning team

In the women's tournament the Israeli team of University of Tel-Aviv was the champion and in the Men's tournament the team of Vytautas Magnus University from Lithuania took home the trophy.



The Friendship Games are held under the patronage of the European University Sports Association (EUSA) and the International University Sports Federation (FISU).

For more information, please see The Friendship Games' Facebook page.