Originally meant to be held in China in 2021, the World University Games (formerly Universiade) were first postponed to 2022 because of Covid-19. The next summer games were meant to be held in Russia in 2023, but those were suspended because of the war. Then the 2022 version of the 2021 games were postponed another year due to Covid. So now here we are back to being held in Chengdu, China - 2023 edition but with the original logos.
The mascot for this year’s competition is Rongbao the Panda.
The mascot Rongbao appears with a torch in his hand. With Sichuan being the natural habitat of the giant panda, the animal has long been linked with Sichuan province and its capital city Chengdu. Rongbao is designed after a real giant panda named Zhima, which resides at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. “Rong” is the city name Chengdu for short. The facial design of Rongbao draws inspiration from the traditional artistic treasure - Sichuan Opera’s facial makeup. The ears, eyes, and tail of Rongbao also resemble the shape of flames. Flames represent the fire under the Sichuan cuisine hotpot, the dazzling highlight of Sichuan Opera’s fire-breathing, and above all, the passionate and unrestrained spirit of the Chengdu people. Notably, the flame crowning Rongbao’s torch takes the form of 31, symbolising the 31st summer edition of the FISU World University Games. (https://www.2021chengdu.com)
The gymnastics portion of the competition will be held from August 1-5. Taishan equipment.
Aug 1 - Men’s qualifying/team final Day 1
Aug 2 - Men’s qualifying/team final Day 2
Aug 3 - Women’s qualifying/team final
Aug 4 - Men’s AA Final and Women’s AA Final
Aug 5 - Men and Women all Event Finals
Ou Yushan, Wei Xiaoyuan, Luo Huan, Du Siyu, Zhang Jin
Yu Linmin (alt.), Tang Xijing (alt.)
Watanabe Hazuki, Miyata Shoko, Fukasawa Kokoro, Hatakeda Chiaki, Sakaguchi Ayaka, + Ushioku Kohane
Landen Blixt, Taylor Christopulos, Joshua Karnes, Fred Richard, Ian Skirkey
Matt Cormier (alt.), Kameron Nelson (alt.)
Hashimoto Daiki, Kaya Kazuma, Minami Kazuki, Sugimoto Kaiyoto, Shohei Kawakami.
Zhang Boheng, Zou Jingyuan, Shi Cong, Su Weide, Lan Xingyu
Yin Dexing (alt.), Li Hongyan (alt.)