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NRW wins bid for World University Games 2025

©FISU World University Games

©FISU World University Games

The Rhine-Ruhr region will host around 10,000 athletes from 170 countries

It is the world's largest multi-sport event after the Olympic and Paralympic Games – and now it is returning to Germany for the first time since 1989: The FISU World University Games, formerly known as the Universiade, will be held in North Rhine-Westphalia in 2025. Over a period of twelve days, the Rhine-Ruhr region will welcome around 10,000 athletes and officials from 170 countries.

"North Rhine-Westphalia is the number one sports state and the top address for top-class international competitions. The participants can expect first-class sports venues, a cosmopolitan and tolerant state and a sports-mad and passionate public," says NRW Minister President Armin Laschet.

The competitions from 18 different sports will take place in Bochum, Duisburg, Düsseldorf, Essen and Mülheim an der Ruhr. In addition, the large-scale event is intended to create a link between sport and science and will focus on topics such as social, ecological and economic sustainability.