Korea wins FISU event

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Gwangju in Korea has won the race to host the 2015 International University Sports Federation (FISU) Summer Universiade.

Edmonton in Canada and Taipei City in Chinese Taipei were the other cities in the running to stage the event. FISU also confirmed that Granada in Spain will stage the 2015 Winter Universiade after no other candidate cities came forward. Gwangju, which had previously lost out to Kazan in Russia in a bid for the 2013 Universiade, will be the third Korean city to host the Games. The biennial Summer Universiade was first held in 1959 and attracts about 10, 000 collegiate athletes. The event consists of 10 compulsory sports and up to seven optional sports. "Many civilians walked 2, 015 steps every day in support for the bid while more than 150, 000 citizens have volunteered to help promote the bid, " said Gwangju Mayor Park Gwang–tae. "Our citizens will be ecstatic. We will host the best Games. " Chung Eui–hwa, chairman of the Korean city's bidding committee, added: "I really appreciate that the 27 members of the executive committee have chosen Gwangju over Edmonton and Taipei. We need to put all our abilities together to make the 2015 Games the best ever competition, and through the Summer Universiade, Gwangju will stand out as the hub city of Asian culture. "About The Sport Briefing This story has been reproduced with the kind permission of The Sport Briefing. The Sport Briefing is published by PA Sport and can be found at: www. thesportbriefing. comThe Sport Briefing is updated as and when news happens, from across the global business of sport. The industry's biggest stories have an accompanying email alert, and The Sport Briefing sends subscribers a daily digest to give them an easy–to–read overview of the day's main events. Contact rory. squires@thesportbriefing. com for more information.

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