After a break due to Covid-19, the European University Games returned in 2022. The European University Sports Association (EUSA), in cooperation with the local Organising Committee and key partners, delivered a successful event that included 20 sport competitions, educational, social and cultural activities.
The official opening ceremony was held on 17 July at the Atlas Arena in Poland’s 3rd largest city Lodz, where over 7,000 spectators welcomed the athletes, officials, referees and volunteers of this year’s European Universities Games.
After the popular athletes march into the stadium, the event was officially opened by the Rector of the Lodz University of Technology and the President of the Organising Committee Mr Krzysztof Jozwik.
Over 4,500 students took part in the Games, representing over 400 universities from 38 countries. Students competed across the sports of 3×3 Basketball, Badminton, Basketball, Beach Handball, Beach Volleyball, Chess, Football, Futsal, Handball, Judo, Karate, Kickboxing, Sport Climbing, Swimming, Table Tennis (including Para Table Tennis), Tennis, Volleyball, Water Polo and also featuring Sitting Volleyball and Para Power Lifting as promo sports. Competitions in some sports also act as European qualifiers for FISU University World Cups.
In addition to the sports competitions, the Games offered a wide array of educational, cultural and social activities. Educational events, included a conference on volunteering, workshops on social skills, disability and inclusion as well as roundtable discussions on dual career.
The European Universities Games in Lodz concluded on July 30 with a massive closing ceremony
The biannual event, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, will return in 2024 – hosted by Hungarian cities of Debrecen and Miskolc.
The European Universities Games in Lodz are being organised under the licence of the European University Sports Association (EUSA) by the Lodz University of Technology, University Sports Association of Poland (AZS) and City of Lodz, in cooperation with the EUSA Institute and several partners, including the Ministry of Education and Science, national and local tourism organisations, Polish Olympic Committee, national and local sports organisation, media outlets and is also supported by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.