An International University Sports Federation inspection has visited Yekaterinburg  2023 venues ©FISU

The International University Sports Federation (FISU) is satisfied that preparations for the World University Games in Yekaterinburg are "progressing at a good pace".

That is the verdict of FISU vice-president Marian Dymalski, who was part of a FISU delegation which has completed a three-day inspection in the Russian city.

Trips included to the Games Village, the Kalininec Sports Centre athletics venue, a Ural Federal University building set to stage the FISU World Conference alongside the sporting competition and the Palace of Water Sports.

"A lot has been achieved since our last visit in September and every party involved in organising the Games is working with a lot of enthusiasm," FISU Games summer deputy director Jing Zhao said.

"Competitions to be held in Yekaterinburg are very important to both FISU and the student sports community as a whole."

Zhao and Dymalski were joined by FISU education and development director Lilia Barieva, and FISU Games summer event manager Brian Carrer.

"We believe the city’s preparations are progressing at a good pace and that everything will be completed on time," declared Dymalski.

FISU vice-president Marian Dymalski, second right, believes preparations are
FISU vice-president Marian Dymalski, second right, believes preparations are "progressing at a good pace" ©Ekat2023

The Russian city is due to stage the the Summer FISU World University Games from August 8 to 19 next year, and local organisers are pleased with how the latest inspection went.

"These visits are crucial for us and we are extremely proud to share the progress we are making," said Alexander Chernov, head of the Games Directorate. 

"With our growing experience, we are confident in all aspects of the preparations."

Russia has never before staged a Summer Universiade, although Moscow did in 1973 when it was part of the Soviet Union.

Chengdu in China is still supposed to be staging the first edition of the event since it rebranded as the World University Games later this year, although question marks remain due to the coronavirus crisis.

Chengdu 2021 is to retain that name, despite a move to 2022.