1983 Summer Universiade

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
XII Universiade d'été
Host cityEdmonton, Canada
Nations participating73
Athletes participating2,400
Events118 in 10 sports
Opening ceremonyJuly 1, 1983
Closing ceremonyJuly 12, 1983
Officially opened byCharles, Prince of Wales
Torch lighterJeanna Suzanne-Genrisson
Main venueCommonwealth Stadium

The event was marred by tragedy from the death of Soviet diver Sergei Chalibashvili when he 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 opened the Universiade accompanied by Princess Diana, and other dignitaries and celebrities also visited.[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 entries)118117118353

Participating nationsEdit

Around 2,400 athletes from 73 nations took part.

Participating National Olympic Committees

  Afghanistan   Albania   Algeria   Andorra   Angola   Argentina   Australia   Austria   Barbados   Belgium   Benin   Bolivia   Botswana   Brazil   Bulgaria   Myanmar   Cameroon   Canada   Chad   Chile   China   Colombia   Comoros   Republic of the Congo   Colombia   Cuba   Cyprus   Czechoslovakia   Denmark   Dominican Republic   Ecuador   Egypt   Ethiopia   Finland   France   Gabon   The Gambia   East Germany   West Germany   Ghana   Greece   Guatemala   Haiti   Honduras   Hong Kong   Hungary   Iceland   India   Indonesia   Iran   Iraq   Ireland   Israel   Italy   Ivory Coast   Jamaica   Japan   Jordan   Kenya   South Korea   North Korea   Laos   Lebanon   Lesotho   Libya   Liechtenstein   Luxembourg   Malaysia   Mali   Malta   Mauritania   Mexico   Monaco   Mongolia   Morocco   Nepal   Netherlands   New Zealand   Nicaragua   Niger   Nigeria   Norway   Oman   Pakistan   Panama   Papua New Guinea   Peru   Paraguay   Philippines   Poland   Portugal   Puerto Rico   Qatar   Romania   Rwanda   Saint Kitts and Nevis   Saint Lucia   Saint Vincent and the Grenadines   San Marino   Saudi Arabia   Senegal   Seychelles   Sierra Leone   Singapore   South Africa   Soviet Union   Spain   Sudan   Sweden   Switzerland   Syria   Chinese Taipei   Tanzania   Thailand   Togo   Tonga   Trinidad and Tobago   Tunisia   Turkey   Uganda   United Arab Emirates   Great Britain   United States   Upper Volta   Uruguay   Venezuela   Vietnam   Samoa   North Yemen   South Yemen   Yugoslavia   Zaire   Zambia


  1. ^ "Highlights from Edmonton's Sport History" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-01-04. Retrieved 2014-10-22.
  2. ^ "International Programs - Canadian Interuniversity Sport". Archived from the original on 2007-10-08. Retrieved 2007-06-11.