Universiade 2017

The Winter Universiade 2017 in Almaty

The Universiade – an international multi-sport event which is organised for university athletes – is held under the auspices of the International University Sports Federation (FISU). Students of all levels graduating the year before the Universiade and who are between the ages of 17 and 28 can take part in the competitions.


Kazakhstan has been participating in the Universiade since 1993. More than 700 participants have attended, with 125 medals having been won so far.

On November 29, 2011, FISU announced that Almaty was going to be the city hosting the 28th Winter Universiade in 2017. Kazakhstan is the first among CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) countries to host the Winter Universiade.

The Key Facts:

The 2017 Universiade will take place in Almaty from 29 January till 8 February.

The Organising Committee of the 28th Winter Universiade is chaired by the Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Imangali Tasmagambetov. The Organising Committee controls the implementation of all the necessary arrangements for hosting the Winter Universiade 2017 successfully.

The initiator of the Winter Universiade in Kazakhstan in 2017, being a member of FISU, is the Federation of University Sports of Kazakhstan, which is headed by Professor Kairat Zakiryanov.

The Organizing Directorate for the Winter Universiade 2017 is located in Almaty for the purpose of monitoring the current progress and preparations of the event. The Directorate is headed by Nail Nurov.


More than 2000 athletes from more than 55 countries are expected to take part in the Winter Universiade competitions in Almaty. Approximately 3000 volunteers will be involved, including foreigners and representatives of regions. In addition, over 30000 guests and tourists are expected to attend the festivities.


It is estimated that the number of TV viewers will reach 1 billion, with broadcasting being available in 80 countries.

As of November 2015, the total operating budget of the Winter Universiade has been optimised twice, with the final figures being around 17 billion tenge.

Alpine skiing
Speed skating
Nordic combined
Ski jumping
Figure skating
Freestyle skiing
Ice hockey
Short track

“Shymbulak” Ski Resort
“Medeu” High-Mountain Ice Rink
“Sunkar” International Ski Jumping Complex
Baluan Sholak Sports Palace
“Alatau” Cross-Country Skiing and Biathlon Stadium
Almaty Arena
Halyk Arena
“Tabagan” Ski Resort

Two out of the eight sports venues were originally built to host the Winter Universiade: namely, Halyk Arena and Almaty Arena.

In addition, the Athletes’ Village, with a capacity of 5000 people, is being built for the Universiade’s participants. This will be the first Athletes’ Village specifically built for the Winter Universiade.

Construction of all new venues finished 2-3 months ahead of schedule.

In order to better support domestic companies, the share of Kazakh goods and services being either sold or offered at the related sports facilities is more than 50% with 4200 created jobs.

After the Universiade, a comprehensive sports infrastructure will be developed in Almaty which will allow the city to continue hosting the highest-level of winter sports competitions.

After the Universiade, all of the sports venues will be available for the use of residents of Almaty.

Symbols of the Universiade:

The slogan of the Universiade is “Spread your wings!” It is hoped that it will encourage the youth participating in the competitions to succeed.

The Universiade logo must contain the image of the Latin letter U, which is a mandatory element of any sports event held by FISU.

Logo without circle

The logo of the Winter Universiade 2017 is presented in the form of stylised wings and has a distinct dynamic form (top from left to right) which is meant to symbolize growth and the pursuit of excellence.

Torch of the Universiade:


A young falcon named “Sunkar” was chosen to be the Winter Universiade’s mascot. Sunkar is a free and strong inhabitant of the Kazakh steppes and symbolises speed, flight, lightness, energy, and a thirst for victory – precisely the qualities that are inherent in young athletes.



Medals are made of metal alloy in the classic style that imitates gold, silver and bronze. The medals were minted in the Kazakhstan Mint featuring colored enamel. The moiré ribbon was inscribed with the logo of the Universiade. On the obverse of the medal placed the logo of FISU (International Univerity Sport Federation), name of the games and hosting city.