HUSS presents the largest delegation of athletes at the Summer World University Games

A total of 18 athletes from the Hungarian University of Sports Science (HUSS) will participate at the Summer World University Games starting on 28 July and ending on 8 August in Chengdu, China.

The 113 Hungarian university students preparing for the Summer World University Games (WUG) in Chengdu took their vows in the Athens Hall of the Hungarian University of Sports Science (HUSS). Eighteen of them represent HUSS, which means that HUSS is sending the largest delegation of athletes to the world event.

The WUG, formerly the called Universiade, is the second largest multisport event in the world after the Olympics, with 10,000-12,000 participants from 150-160 countries in 15-20 sports. Its importance is enhanced by the fact that it is increasingly part of the qualification process for the Olympic Games and world championships in a growing number of sports.

Prof. Dr. Lajos Mocsai, President of the Hungarian University Sports Federation (HUSF), gave a speech at the 17 July ceremony, stressing that the Summer Games are being taken seriously by athletes from more and more countries.

"We have had to wait nearly four years to meet again for the Summer World University Games, but in eleven days' time the world's second biggest multi-sport event will begin in Chengdu, China. In 1959, when the first Universiade was held, only 985 athletes took part, but now the number is approaching or even exceeding 8,000," he emphasised.

HUSS presents the largest delegation of athletes at the Summer World University Games

The event was attended by Dr Ádám Schmidt, State Secretary for Sport, Dr Balázs Hankó, State Secretary for Innovation and Higher Education, and Dr Antal Kovács, Communications Director and Olympic champion judoka, representing MVM Paks Nuclear Power Plant, the sponsor of the Hungarian university team.

When the athletes took their vows, it was Fanni Pigniczki, a recent graduate at HUSS, who read out the text. The Olympian and World Games medallist, who represents Hungary in rhythmic gymnastics at the current WUG, has already participated in the university multisport competition in Naples. Fanni also has another honour: together with water polo player György Ágh (Kodolányi János University), she will be the flagbearer of the Hungarian university team at the opening ceremony of WUG.

As is known, the Summer WUG has already been postponed twice by the organisers due to the pandemic: from 2021 to 2022, and then in 2022 to 2023. That is why the event logo has the year 2021 everywhere.

The first Summer WUG, formerly known as Universiade, was organised by the International University Sports Federation (FISU) in 1959. This year, 161 Hungarian delegates will be travelling to the Summer Games, 113 of whom will be competitors in twelve sports including table tennis, athletics, rowing, archery, judo, basketball, rhythmic gymnastics, shooting, fencing, swimming, water polo and fencing. Hungary has so far won 116 gold, 93 silver and 111 bronze medals at the Summer WUGs.

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