Rhine-Ruhr 2025 to take a ‘leaf out’ of European Championship’s success

‘The event was a great incentive for us to create a comparable atmosphere at the Rhine-Ruhr 2025 FISU World University Games.’

The European Championship in Munich had to be special as it coincided with the 50-year celebrations of the 1972 Olympic Games and Germany did it in style!

The iconic Munich Olympia Park venue, that has played host to close to 14,500 events since its inception in 1972, wore a carnival atmosphere and gave a memorable experience of its glorious past and present.

More than 3,500 hours of live broadcast and digital programming was beamed across 50 plus channels in the region – surpassing the coverage of the inaugural European Championships Glasgow-Berlin 2018 edition.

The 11-day sporting extravaganza thus proved to be a testimony to Germany’s expertise in hosting top class, international multisport events and its repertoire as a dominant sporting nation. The host athletes also superseded their expectation by finish at the top of the medal table with 26 gold, 20 silver and 14 bronze.

With Germany all set to host another multi-sport event – the Rhine-Ruhr FISU World University Games – in less than 3 years, the success of event was huge shot in the arm.

The Rhine-Ruhr 2025 team was in full strength to witness all the action from close quarters and there were plenty of learnings that would do a world of good to carry forward the legacy set by the European Championship organising team.

Stefan Kürten, CEO of Rhine-Ruhr 2025 FISU World University Games, said, “Firstly, kudos to the Munich 2022 organising team for the tremendous work they have put together to ensure the event was a grand success. They have certainly raised the bar a notch higher for the rest to follow. The event will certainly be a barometer for us to plan our course of action for the Rhine-Ruhr 2025 FISU World University Games. We would like to take a leaf out of this to ensure that our Games in 3 years is another spectacle.”

Through the Observer Programme, the adh as the organiser and the Rhine-Ruhr 2025 FISU Games gGmbH as the LOC were able to gain deep insights into the organisational challenges, venue management, communications, athletes, media and fans requirements, and other protocols.

The German University Sports Federation (adh), CEO, Jörg Förster, “The European Championships in Munich demonstrated the fascination of international multi-sport events at a historic site. The audience showed the world the enthusiasm for sport in Germany and how motivating the conditions can be for all athletes. This was a great incentive for us to create a comparable atmosphere at the Rhine-Ruhr 2025 FISU World University Games. To this end, we will engage in an intensive exchange with our colleagues from the organising committee in Munich in order to incorporate their experiences into our considerations and planning.”