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30th summer Universiade opens in Naples

Baku, July 4, AZERTAC

The 30th summer Universiade Napoli 2019 opened on Thursday with more than 30.000 spectators gathering in San Paolo Stadium for the opening ceremony.

The Opening Ceremony was designed by Balich Worldwide Shows, whose creative team has worked on more than 20 Olympic Ceremonies, from Turin 2006 to Rio 2016, the Tree of Life at Milan's Expo 2015 and the first permanent show in Italy, "Giudizio Universale".

Napoli 2019 is the 11th Universiade edition to be hosted by Italy. The first one was held in Turin in 60-year-ago 1959.

The "U" of the Universiade logo inside the stadium represents a big hug, with two huge arms stretching towards nearly 6,000 student-athletes from 118 countries and regions, who are set to compete here in the southern Italian coastal city of Naples.

The ceremony started with Siren Parthenope parading on a float through the blue waves. Carrying the famous number 10 football shirt of Argentina's soccer legend Diego Maradona, the athletes from Argentina were warmly welcomed as they walked in.

Judo fighter Murad Fatiyev was Azerbaijan’s flag-bearer at the opening ceremony of the 30th summer Universiade. Azerbaijan will be represented by 22 athletes at the Universiade.

The Universiade, staged every two years, is a multi-sport event addressed to university students from all over the world. For relevance and number of participants, Summer Universiade is just second to Olympic Games. This event, over the years, acquired the distinguished features of an international sport and cultural festival. The word "Universiade" is the combination of the Italian words "Universita" and "Olimpiade", thus embodying one of the most relevant concepts of sport: universality.

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