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Largest Summer Universiade to kick off Friday

According to Yonhap News,

(GWANGJU=Yonhap News) The 2015 Summer Universiade will kick off in the southern South Korean city of Gwangju on Friday as the largest in the event's 56-year history.

Gwangju, located some 330 kilometers south of Seoul, and its satellite towns in the Jeolla region will stage the multisport competition until July 14.

The Universiade, organized by the International University Sports Federation (FISU), is open to athletes between the ages of 17 and 28 who are attending university or graduate school, or who have graduated in the past 12 months.

Gwangju is the third South Korean host of the Universiade. Muju and Jeonju, both in North Jeolla Province, co-hosted the winter edition in 1997 and Daegu held the summer event in 2003.

Gwangju's organizing committee claimed this year's competition will be the largest in history. As of June 22, 12,737 athletes and officials from 145 nations had registered, surpassing 11,759 who took part in the 2012 Summer Universiade in Kazan, Russia.

The host country contributed to that end. South Korea is sending its largest Universiade delegation ever with 516 athletes and officials in all 21 sports.

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Source: Yonhap News (Jul. 01, 2015)