2009 Summer Universiade

The Summer Universiade in 2009, officially the XXV. Summer Universiade was in Belgrade, Serbia, taking place from July 1 to July 12, 2009.


The application for the Summer Universiade in 2009 began in early 2004. Belgrade addition, the cities of Monterrey in Mexico and competed Poznań in Poland. An advantage for Belgrade was the fact that should take place some big events in the following years there. This included the European championship in basketball in 2005, the European Volleyball Championship, the water polo European Championships in 2006 and the Olympic Festival of European Youth.

On 19 January 2005, given at a ceremony in Innsbruck Belgrade known as the venue for the Summer Universiade. Also present were the late mayor of Belgrade, Nenad Bogdanovic.


The mascot of the Universiade is a sparrow with kepi. This was chosen because the sparrow is not only symbolically connected to the host city, but also because this speed, dynamism and skill than properties that also need participants for the competitions. The name was in a competition set. In April 2009, the three names Srba, Cvrle and Dživdžan remained. The final name was chosen by the 10,000 volunteer helpers of the Univerisade. These chose the name Srba.

Sports facilities

The Universiade was held in 69 different sports facilities in Belgrade and the surrounding area. More cities with sports venues were Inđija, Novi Sad, Obrenovac, Pancevo, Smederevo, Vršac and Zrenjanin. In Obrenovac competitions in Indjija the basketball competitions were held in water polo and volleyball, athletics and volleyball in Novi Sad, Pančevo and Vršac and Zrenjanin basketball the swimming competitions.

The opening and closing ceremony was held at the Belgrade Arena, with a capacity of 20,000 spectators, instead. Many sports venues were brought for the Universiade to the latest standards, some even built new.

Red Star Stadium

Belgrade Fair

Tašmajdan Sports Centre

SPENS ( Novi Sad )

Millennium Center ( Vršac )


In the Athletes' Village " Belville " all participants of the Universiade will be accommodated. The accommodation has been newly built and consists of 16 buildings with apartments of 120,000 sqm. In addition there are commercial and office space of 56,800 square meters and more 6100 sq. ft. of otherwise usable space. The whole complex was completed in May 2009 and officially opened in June. 2000 Apartments have been offered already for sale and can be purchased after the games by the owners.

2009 Athletes Village under construction.


  • Archery
  • Basketball
  • Diving
  • Fencing
  • Football
  • Gymnastics
  • Athletics
  • Judo
  • Rhythmic Gymnastics
  • Swimming
  • Table tennis
  • Taekwondo
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo

TV transmission

The Serbian state broadcaster RTS took over the coverage of the Universiade. The transmission of the games happened in High Definition format. The transmitter Euro Sport took over the additional coverage.

Medal table