The FISU World University Games are open to students of up to 25 years of age who have been nominated by their national organizations.
Participants will include both, student athletes on their way to the international stage as well as established elite athletes. Especially in Germany the Rhine-Ruhr 2025 FISU World University Games will provide a strong performance and funding incentive for athletes and the clubs from the region.
The following fifteen compulsory sports are part of the summer edition of the FISU World University Games: Archery, Artistic Gymnastics, Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Diving, Fencing, Judo, Rhythmic Gymnastics, Swimming, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Tennis, Volleyball and Water Polo.
The optional sports 3x3 Basketball, Beach-Volleyball and Rowing round out the programme of the Rhine-Ruhr 2025 FISU World University Games. They were chosen for this major event through a process based on seven indicators.
It is also planned to integrate several Paralympic competitions into the programme, too.