This website is dedicated to save information about the Universiade 2009 in Belgrade.
The twenty fifth anniversary summer Universiade was held in Belgrade between July 1st and July 12th 2009. This was the year’s largest sports event organized in Serbia.
Some 9 thousand athletes – students from 140 countries competed in 15 sports and 208 disciplines. Serbia welcomed athletes who competed in athletics, judo, football, basketball, fencing, volleyball, swimming, rhythmic gymnastics, diving, artistic gymnastics, table tennis, archery, tens, taekwondo and water polo.
Sports event of this size requires ample preparations, including building and reconstruction of sport venues. In New Belgrade, a veritable small town was built – the University Village – where athletes stayed during the Universiade. Competitions took place on more than 60 locations, each of which needed to fulfill FISU standards.
Apart from the importance of accommodation, the mission of the Universiade as an international institution is to spread values that are the core of academic sports. Universiade Belgrade 2009, in association with universities and university organization left a legacy personified in the belief that academism and sport are interconnected. Universiade Belgrade 2009 was a chance for making new contacts and for creating new friendships, not only among athletes.
More than 10 000 new promoters of Serbia left Universiade Belgrade 2009, as good will ambassadors who will spread the word about Serbia and Belgrade and will do more than the most extensive promotion campaign. Aware of the privilege, organizers, together with citizens of Serbia and Belgrade are resolved to make the 25th Summer Universiade a memorable event.