Newsportal - Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Jörg Förster, Chairman of the Board of the General German University Sports Association, is thrilled that the 2025 Games have been attributed to the Rhine-Ruhr region.
Ines Lenze is the representative of the NRW State Conference for university sport and head of university sports in Bochum.
Leonz Eder, Acting President of the World Federation FISU, announced the decision in Düsseldorf on 15 May 2021.
Andrea Milz, State Secretary for Sport and Voluntary Work (centre), is delighted with the success on behalf of the NRW state government.
The region makes sports history
The joy is indescribable. Bochum will be one of five locations in the Rhine-Ruhr region to host the World University Games 2025. “We welcome international top-level sport and look forward to athletes from all over the world,” says RUB Rector Professor Axel Schölmerich. Following a complex two-year bidding process by the ministries and sports associations, the “Fédération Internationale du Sport Universitaire” (FISU) attributed the games to Rhine-Ruhr region on 15 May 2021.
Great honour for the Rhine-Ruhr Metropolitan Region
The initiator of the bidding campaign and current organiser of the “Rhine-Ruhr 2025 FISU World University Games” is the German University Sports Association. The representative of the NRW State Conference for university sports is Ines Lenze, head of university sports in Bochum. The games in 18 disciplines will be held at sports facilities in Bochum, Essen, Mülheim, Duisburg and Düsseldorf. Along with RUB, the participating universities are Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf and the University of Duisburg-Essen. In addition to encounters between top athletes, the event will focus on research, sustainability and innovation as well as intercultural exchange.
“Winning the bid for the games is a tremendous success for all involved and a great honour for the Rhine-Ruhr metropolitan region,” says RUB Rector Schölmerich. “As the university of one of the host cities and as a partner university of top sports, we will do our utmost to ensure that we experience unforgettable moments and that the athletes get the best impressions of the densest university landscape in Europe and the region.”
Unique opportunities in sports and regional politics
The World University Games – formerly known as the Universiade – are the largest student sports event and the world’s largest multi-sport event after the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Germany hosted the games only once before: in Duisburg in the summer of 1989. “This event connects the region with well over 100 nations and their national university sports associations and student athletes,” says Ines Lenze. “This offers unique opportunities in terms of sports and regional policy, which we intend to use jointly with all partners and universities.”
RUB has been Partner University of top-class sports since 2003. The Bochum University Sports Department supports those athletes, mainly of Olympic sports, who belong to a national squad. Student cadre athletes receive additional benefits and extra support to help them reconcile their studies with top-level sport.
18 May 2021