World University Games Winter Torino 2025: Città Metropolitana di Torino Joins the Organizing Committee

With the beginning of 2024, Città Metropolitana di Torino has been included as a new partner in the Organizing Committee of the FISU World University Winter Games Torino 2025, scheduled from January 13 to January 23, 2025. The admission, officially requested last October, will be ratified in the first meeting of the Metropolitan Council in 2024 and comes without charges. Metropolitan Mayor, Stefano Lo Russo or a delegate will represent the Città Metropolitana in the Committee’s assembly. The process has also been initiated to identify a metropolitan delegate in the Committee’s board.

“The participation of the Metropolitan City of Turin in the Organizing Committee of the Universiade,” comments Deputy Metropolitan Mayor Jacopo Suppo, “moves towards the enhancement of sports and tourism in the area: in addition to Torino, five other locations will be involved.”

“We are exactly one year away from the start of the World University Games Winter in Torino 2025, and the path leading to that event continues to be filled with significant events, such as the New Year’s Eve celebration in Piazza Castello organized together with the City of Torino,” says the President of the Organizing Committee of the Torino 2025 Games, Alessandro Ciro Sciretti. “The entry of a new public partner like the Città Metropolitana into our Committee is a great boost and demonstrates that the entire Piedmont region wants to network and be a protagonist in an event that will bring over three thousand student-athletes from every corner of the world to our region and leave a significant legacy for all. We want to focus on our event, which, as per the mission of the Città Metropolitana, can be a driver of economic and social development for urban and mountainous areas, interpreting the new needs of the economy and society, managing flows and networks, and initiating projects with a great impact to promote the standing of Italian metropolitan areas within the network of global cities.”

Torino 2025 will also be the first Universiade without barriers in history. In the spirit of utmost inclusivity, para-student-athletes from the Visually Impaired (visual disabilities), Standing (athletes with disabilities skiing in a standing position), and Sitting (athletes with disabilities skiing in a seated position) categories will compete in alpine skiing and cross-country skiing, marking an epoch-making shift for the premier university sports competition, thanks to the proposal put forth by the Organizing Committee and embraced by FISU.

EVENTS THAT ENHANCE THE TERRITORY

In Torino, the ice sports competitions will take place: hockey and curling at Palatazzoli, figure skating and short track at Palavela. At the Olympic Stadium in Pinerolo and the Olympic Ice Palace in Torre Pellice, qualification tournaments for hockey will be held. Bardonecchia will host the competitions for alpine skiing, freestyle freeski, and snowboarding. On the Melezet slopes, alpine skiing competitions are scheduled, including Super-G, Giant Slalom, Slalom, Alpine Combined, and Parallel Mixed Team. In Bardonecchia, at the Melezet Sellette Snow Park, freestyle freeski will feature challenges in Ski Cross, Freeski Slopestyle, and Freeski Big Air. At Campo Smith in Bardonecchia, the audience can admire the performances of specialists in Freestyle Moguls and Dual Moguls, namely the Parallel competition on the moguls. The snowboard events in the Sellette area of Melezet include Snowboard Cross, Parallel Giant Slalom, Parallel Slalom, Slopestyle, and Big Air.

In Pragelato, on the 2006 Olympic slopes, athletes from Nordic skiing and biathlon will compete. Already in the year following the Torino Olympics, the Nordic skiing competitions of the 2007 Universiade took place on the Pragelato Plan track. The Nordic skiing program includes Individual races for women and men over a distance of 10 km, Sprint races for women and men, Mixed Team Sprints, Relay races for women and men, and the 20 km Mass Start for women and men. The biathlon events comprise Individual Short races of 12.5 km for women and 15 km for men, Single Mixed Relay, Men’s Sprint over a distance of 10 km, and Women’s Sprint over 7.5 km, Pursuit races for women over 10 km and men over 15 km, and Mass Start races of 12.5 km for women and 15 km for men. Among the novelties of the FISU World University Games Winter 2025 are the Ski Orienteering competitions with Nordic skiing equipment scheduled in Pragelato and ski mountaineering events that will take place in Sestriere. On the peaks surrounding Colle, ski mountaineers will face a Vertical competition, a Sprint and a Mixed Relay.

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