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The 1983 Summer Universiade, also known as the 1983 World University Games or XII Summer Universiade, took place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada between July 1 and 12, 1983. Over 2400 athletes from 73 countries participated. It was the first time Canada hosted these Games. Edmonton also hosted the 1978 Commonwealth Games.

XII Summer Universiade
Host cityEdmonton, Canada
Nations participating73
Athletes participating2,400
Events118 in 10 sports
Opening ceremonyJuly 1
Closing ceremonyJuly 12
Officially opened byCharles, Prince of Wales
Torch lighterJeanna Suzanne-Genrisson
Main venueCommonwealth Stadium

The event was marred by tragedy when Soviet diver Sergei Chalibashvili died eight days after hitting his head on the 10 m diving platform in competition while attempting a reverse 3½ in the tuck position.

Charles, Prince of Wales, who opened the Universiade, and Princess Diana visited the Universiade, as did other dignitaries and celebrities.[1]

In October 2005, Edmonton was also selected as a potential bid candidate to host the 2011 Summer Universiade by the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS).[2]




Medal tableEdit

  *   Host nation (Canada)

1  Soviet Union (URS)583025113
2  United States (USA)12202254
3  Canada (CAN)*9101938
4  Italy (ITA)811625
5  Romania (ROU)6111027
6  China (CHN)55313
7  Nigeria (NGR)5005
8  Great Britain (GBR)3339
9  France (FRA)24511
10  Japan (JPN)2349
11  Cuba (CUB)2147
12  Australia (AUS)2125
13  West Germany (FRG)16310
14  Poland (POL)1214
15  Belgium (BEL)1102
16  Brazil (BRA)1023
17  Netherlands (NED)0303
18  Yugoslavia (YUG)0213
19  Tunisia (TUN)0123
20  Czechoslovakia (TCH)0101
  Senegal (SEN)0101
  Tanzania (TAN)0101
23  Austria (AUT)0011
  Bermuda (BER)0011
  Hungary (HUN)0011
  Jamaica (JAM)0011
  New Zealand (NZL)0011
  South Korea (KOR)0011
Totals (28 nations)118117118353

Participating nationsEdit


  1. ^ "Highlights from Edmonton's Sport History" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-01-04. Retrieved 2014-10-22.
  2. ^ [1]