FISU discovers Torino 2025. Today officially began the visit of the international delegation of the highest international university sports body to the places that will host in less than three years the XXXII World University Winter Games, as the event created in 1959 by Primo Nebiolo and previously known as Universiade.
After meeting the representatives of the Organizing Committee and the people in charge of the neuralgic areas, the FISU delegates began their inspections starting from the PalaTazzoli in Turin, which will host all the curling matches and part of the men’s and women’s ice hockey tournaments. The other two facilities in Turin, the Palavela (short track and figure skating) and the Pala Alpitour (Opening Ceremony) will be visited today together with the competition sites of the four municipalities that, together with the Piedmontese capital, will host the Games in January 2025. Bardonecchia will host the alpine skiing, snowboarding and freestyle competitions, Pragelato the cross-country skiing and biathlon competitions, while several field hockey games will be played in the arenas of Torre Pellice and Pinerolo.
This is the welcome of the Mayor of Turin, Stefano Lo Russo, in days when the city is fermenting from the preparations for another appointment of international prominence as Eurovision: “The City of Turin wants to focus more and more on international events, on young people and sports. Turin as an attractive city and as a university city: these are two objectives that will guide all the policies of the next few years, for this reason the 2025 World University Games represent the synthesis of the new vocations of our territory. And then we want to increasingly characterize Turin as a city of sports. Sport plays a fundamental role in the training, development and education of everyone”.
Turin 2025 is an appointment that will involve the territory and all of Piedmont will be the protagonist. It is no coincidence that the official claim of Torino 2025 is Piemonte land of sport, to reiterate the indissoluble bond between sport and territory, as underlined by the Regional Sports Councillor Fabrizio Ricca, who is also president of the Games’ Committee of Honor: “Piedmont strongly believes in university sports as an engine for the growth of the territory and it is no coincidence that it has decided to invest so much energy to win the 2025 Universiade. The road that separates us from this great event is paved with international competitions, also due to the fact that Piedmont has been named European Region of Sport by Aces Europe. We are witnessing a true renaissance in local sports”.
After completing the inspections tomorrow afternoon, Thursday 5 and Friday 6, the FISU will continue its work in close contact with the Organizing Committee to define the program of the Games and set the approach in terms of international events that will not only concern the world of snow and ice, as evidenced by the fact that from July 20 to 23 at the Royal Park i Roveri will be held the World University Golf Championships, organized by Cus Torino.
In short, there is great excitement and the president of the organizing committee, Alessandro Ciro Sciretti, confirms: “The Torino 2025 team is working hard to organize a great event that promotes the values of sport and higher education, with the involvement of the citizens and the territory. The approach will be fundamental to promote our university system and to create and strengthen the international attraction of our territory”.