The 4th European Universities Games were held in Coimbra, Portugal, between July 15 and 28. Under
the flag of the European University Sports Association (EUSA), the event was hosted by Portuguese
University Sport Federation (FADU), City of Coimbra, University of Coimbra and Academic Association
of Coimbra (Academica), and brought together over 4,000 participants representing 291 universities
from 38 countries across 13 different sports.
The event started with a spectacular opening ceremony at the courtyard of the University of Coimbra
on July 15. After the speeches by local hosts and EUSA President Mr Adam Roczek, the event was
declared open by the President of the Republic of Portugal Mr Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa.
The European Universities Games Coimbra 2018 have been a celebration of sporting excellence,
dedication and teamwork, on and off the field. Alongside the sporting competitions, the Games also
focused on the educational and social aspects of university sport, including conferences and
workshops based on the topics of anti-doping, diversity, inclusion and the dual career programme, as
well as a well-attended Rectors’ Conference.
After the competitions for men and women in 3x3 Basketball, Badminton, Basketball, Canoe Sprint,
Football, Futsal, Handball, Judo, Rowing, Rugby 7s, Table Tennis (including Para Table Tennis), Tennis
and Volleyball finished, the home teams of the University of Coimbra gathered the most medals.
Held every two years, the Games are hosted in university cities across Europe. 2018 marked the
fourth edition of the Games, Europe’s largest university sport event of the year and the largest
multisport event ever organised in Portugal.
At the end of the closing ceremony on July 28, the EUSA flag was passed to the organising committee
of the fifth European Universities Games Belgrade 2020, which will be the second biggest multi-sport
event to be held in Serbia, following the FISU Summer Universiade in 2009.
For more information, please see https://www.eug2018.com and www.eusa.eu.