A total of 162 countries will send their delegations to Kazan for the 27th Summer Universiade, which is a record number in the history of FISU. The most numerous national teams will be, apart from the host country's full-strength squad, from Ukraine, the United States and Japan.
In terms of size and scope, the Games in Kazan are set to surpass the 2011 Summer Universiade in Shenzhen, where 8,078 athletes from 152 countries were in a hunt for medals, while the 2013 Summer Universiade will bring together 10,442 athletes across 27 sports. The number of sports on the programme will be record-breaking as well. Such sports as belt wrestling, rugby 7, sambo, synchronised swimming and boxing will make their first appearance at the Summer Universiade.
The Universiade in Kazan is to become the most large-scale and high-profile multi-sports event for student-athletes. During this summer's Games, medals will be awarded for 351 events. For comparison, the 2012 Olympic Games in London saw athletes compete in 302 medal events across 26 sports.
Apart from the sports programme, the host city introduces the Cultural Universiade project, which is being implemented for the first time in the history of the World University Games. Its task is to showcase the cultural treasure of Tatarstan and Russia to visitors to the Games.
To facilitate the entry to and exit from Russia for all participants in the Summer Universiade and to reduce the national delegations' travel expenses, the Russian President signed the Executive Order, putting into effect a visa-free regime for foreign athletes, i.e. participants in international sports competitions. This decision heralds a new stage in Russia's experience of planning, preparing and delivering major sporting and cultural events.
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