From 19.05 to 21.05.2017 Latvia, Riga hosted the most anticipated student sporting event – the XXXIII SELL student games. These student games attracted more than 1500 participants from 65 universities and 13 countries – Latvia, Germany, Russia, Lithuania, Czech Republic, Finland, Estonia, Lebanon, China, England, Italy and Australia.
The XXXIII SELL student games were opened with a spectacular show in the Culture Palace “Ziemeļblāzma”. The opening ceremony was graced by the presence of the president of the European University Sport Association (EUSA) Adam Roczek, representative of the Board of the International Student Sport Federation (FISU) Kairis Ulp, the Head of the Office of the Minister of Education and Science Andis Geižāns and the Director of the Department of Sport Edgars Severs, General Secretary of the Latvian Olympic Committee Žoržs Tikmers, Head of the Sport and Youth Office of the Riga Council Education, Culture and Sport Department Dina Vīksna and other notables.
The largest student delegation was the Latvian delegation. In total, 554 students from 19 universities of Latvia participated in these SELL Student Games. The largest university delegation came from the Latvian Sport Pedagogy Academy (LSPA) – 146 participants, the Latvian Agriculture University (LLU) was represented by 90 participants and the Riga Stradiņu University (RSU) – by 89 participants. The largest delegation from abroad came from our neighbours Lithuania. In total, 397 Lithuanian students participated, representing 11 universities. The largest delegation from Lithuania came from the Lithuanian University of Sport – 74 students. From Estonia, 107 students participated in total, and from Finland – 98 participants. The China delegation was also well represented with 54 participants representing 7 different Chinese universities.
The students competed in 15 different disciplines – Track and Field, Basketball, Rugby 7, Floorball, Mini football, Volleyball, Beach volleyball, Swimming, Powerlifting, Table tennis, Judo, Badminton, Orienteering, Wrestling (Freestyle Wrestling and Greek-Roman Wrestling) and Weightlifting. The most popular team sport was volleyball where 11 men’s and 10 women’s teams competed. The most popular individual sport was track and field where 194 participants came out to compete in the Ogre Stadium.
The total medal tally of the XXXIII SELL Student Sport Games was dominated by the Lithuanian University of Sport, which won 17 Gold medals, 14 Silver and 9 Bronze medals. The second spot was taken by the Latvian Sport Pedagogy Academy (LSPA) with 7 Gold, 5 Silver and 12 Bronze medals, while the third spot went to the Lobachevsky State University from Nizhniy Novgorod with 6 Gold, 7 Silver and 5 Bronze medals. Among countries, the Lithuanian delegation dominated with a total of 143 medals. The second spot was taken by Latvia with 94 medals and the third spot by Russia with 23 medals.
Detailed results of the competitions can be found here: http://sellgames2017.eu/results
“Youth, activity, sport – these are essential characteristics of student life! These are the future leaders, showing enthusiasm not just for studies but also for various social activities, and sport can provide plenty of them. Let us all do our best to enrich this unique taste of student sport life!” exclaims Agita Ābele, the president of the Latvian University Sport Association.
The XXXIII SELL student games were organized by the Latvian University Sport Association (LASS) in cooperation with the Ministry of Education and Science (IZM), the Latvian Sport Federation Council (LSFP), the Riga Council, RTAB “Live Riga”, RSU, the University of Latvia, the Riga Technical University, LSPA, SIA “BITE Latvija”, “DLVbet Sporta Bārs”, SIA “MAXIMA Latvija”.
The next – XXXIV SELL Student Sport Games will take place in Tartu, Estonia, from May 18 to 20 next year.
Information: The SELL (Suomi, Eesti, Latvija, Lietuva) Student Games with their 90 years of history are regarded as the open European Northern Country Olympic Games for Students with the patronage of EUSA (European University Sport Association) and FISU (International Student Sport Federation). The Games are alternately organized by one of the Baltic States and Finland. The XXXIII SELL Student Games were one of the largest international student sport events in 2017.
THE MOTTO OF THE XXXIII SELL STUDENT GAMES – I STUDY! I DO SPORT! I WIN!
Information prepared by
Executive Director of LASS, Kristīne Karašniece, firstname.lastname@example.org