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The 1991 Summer Universiade, also known as the XVI Summer Universiade, took place in Sheffield, England. In the host country it was generally referred to as the World Student Games.

XVI Summer Universiade
Host citySheffield, England
Nations participating101
Athletes participating3,346
Events11 sports
Opening ceremonyJuly 14
Closing ceremonyJuly 25
Officially opened byHRH Anne, Princess Royal
Torch lighterHelen Sharman
Main venueDon Valley Stadium

Sheffield City Council saw the event as a catalyst for urban renewal after industrial decline.[1] It set up a company, Universiade GB Ltd, to run the games.[1] Lack of central government funding and television sponsorship meant the event was in doubt until the Council guaranteed the money itself, in the face of complaints from local ratepayers.[1] New facilities built for the event included the centrepiece Don Valley Stadium and other arenas, while the Lyceum Theatre was renovated for the associated cultural events.[1] The opening ceremony attracted publicity when Helen Sharman, Britain's first astronaut, tripped and dropped the games torch. The flames were finally lit by the ignitor in the flame bowl itself as the torch had gone completely out.[1]



University VillageEdit

Hyde Park flats, located near Sheffield City Centre were used for accommodation for the athletes during the games.

Hyde Park flats during the 1991 Summer Universiade


Medal tableEdit

  *   Host nation (Great Britain)

1  United States (USA)29242578
2  China (CHN)21181150
3  Soviet Union (URS)12142046
4  North Korea (PRK)113519
5  Italy (ITA)67821
6  Japan (JPN)516728
7  Germany (GER)49518
8  Great Britain (GBR)*45514
9  South Korea (KOR)42410
10  Canada (CAN)34916
11  France (FRA)3148
12  Hungary (HUN)3115
13  Ireland (IRL)3104
14  Poland (POL)23611
15  Australia (AUS)2327
16  Netherlands (NED)2204
17  Romania (ROM)1315
18  Nigeria (NGR)1203
19  Jamaica (JAM)1102
20  Bermuda (BER)1001
  Chinese Taipei (TPE)1001
  Finland (FIN)1001
23  Spain (ESP)0325
24  Cuba (CUB)0112
  Norway (NOR)0112
26  Malaysia (MAS)0101
  Mexico (MEX)0101
  Sierra Leone (SLE)0101
  Yugoslavia (YUG)0101
30  Belgium (BEL)0022
31  Indonesia (INA)0011
  Kenya (KEN)0011
Totals (32 nations)120128121369


  1. ^ a b c d e "Troubled student games 'were almost scrapped'". Sheffield Telegraph. 3 April 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-09.