— Published 18 January 2022

Two events, one ceremony

The university sports movement took a knee with the cancellation of the World Winter Games, which were to be held last December in Lucerne, Switzerland, for health reasons. But its international body, FISU, is already looking ahead to the months and years to come. On Monday 17 January, it organised a joint ceremony to launch its two main events, the Summer World University Games in Chengdu (China) next summer and the Winter World University Games in Lake Placid (USA) in 2023. For the first of these two events, originally scheduled for last year but postponed by a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the ceremony marked the launch of the torch relay from the main courtyard of the University of Turin, in Italy. It is now on its way to China. The World University Games in Chengdu are scheduled to take place from 26 June to 7 July 2022. At the same time, the FISU flag was symbolically handed over by the Swiss from Lucerne 2021 to the American organisers of the World University Games in Lake Placid 2023 (12 to 22 January). For the occasion, the two official mascots, Wulli for Lucerne 2021 and Adirondack Mac for Lake Placid 2023, were brought together in Turin. The first of the two unfortunately did not have the opportunity to play its role last December during the event, which was cancelled just a few days before the opening.