Participants take part in a heated men's volleball match

Coimbra - Portugal

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.


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