23 August 2023 – Düsseldorf

FISU Flag arrives in Sportland.NRW

After the festive handover of the FISU flag to Germany in Chengdu, attention turns to North Rhine-Westphalia, the home region of the Rhine-Ruhr 2025 FISU World University Games.

On 15 August 2023, on the occasion of the meeting of the Sports Committee of North Rhine-Westphalia, Andrea Milz, State Secretary for Sport and Volunteer Affairs, and Bernhard Hoppe-Biermeyer (CDU), Chairman of the Sports Committee, accepted the FISU flag from Niklas Börger, CEO of the Organising Committee, and Jörg Förster, Chairman of the Board of the German University Sports Federation (adh) - a symbolic starting point for the FISU Games 2025 at the Rhine-Ruhr.

A dynamic and unifying symbol of university sport

The FISU flag is decorated with the FISU logo and the names of the host cities of all editions of the FISU World University Games Summer since 1959. The "U" is a strong letter and stands for university sports, the primary mission of FISU. The "U" also stands for "you", "us", "union" and "universality", reflecting FISU's commitment to inclusion. The emblem embodies the passion that enables one to overcome obstacles and boundaries, both in sport and in life.

The main colours of the emblem symbolise the internationality of the sporting world and have been part of FISU's visual identity since its foundation in 1949. The mixed colour gradient represents FISU's commitment to diversity, equality, innovation and the joy of sport.


Sportland.NRW to host the largest multi-sport event in 2025

State Secretary for Sport and Volunteer Affairs Andrea Milz is confident that North Rhine-Westphalia is well prepared for hosting the largest multi-sport event in 2025:

"I am already looking forward to our role as host in the number one sports state. North Rhine-Westphalia has shown - also this summer with the Finals, the Ruhr Games and numerous World and European Championships - that it is the best address for top-class international competitions. We look forward to welcoming young athletes from all over the world to the Rhine-Ruhr 2025 FISU World University Games at the Rhine and Ruhr."

"North Rhine-Westphalia offers outstanding conditions for students with sporting ambitions: Universities that broadly endorse sports, a sports infrastructure that does not have to be newly constructed, but is already there. A sports-mad and world-minded public and a unique combination of sport and culture that will make the World University Games 2025 an outstanding experience."



The high density of clubs and sporting opportunities, the many first-class sporting achievements here, the immense voluntary commitment and the inspiring enthusiasm of the population for major sporting events create something very special: the fascination of the people for sport, firmly anchored in the regional identity, here in North Rhine-Westphalia, where people from all parts of the world feel at home and where hospitality is a lived form of solidarity.

In North Rhine-Westphalia, almost twelve million people do sport regularly. Almost five million sportsmen and sportswomen are involved in the approximately 18,000 sports clubs, plus more than half a million in voluntary work.

  • 3 Olympic training centres with more than 1,000 professional athletes

  • 24 large sports facilities with more than 3,000 seats

  • Around 5 million members in sports clubs

  • 10 stadiums with more than 25,000 seats

  • Around 18,000 sports clubs

  • 6,970 gyms and sports halls

More information on Sportland.NRW can be found here.