No Spanish Swimmers At 2017 World University Games

The 2017 World University Games (Summer Universiade) is set to kick-off on August 19th in Taipei, Taiwan, where upwards of 9,000 student-athletes are set to compete across 14 compulsory sports. However, for the 2nd consecutive WUGs, Spanish swimmers will not be among the athletes ready to represent their nations at the event considered to be the ‘student Olympics.’

Citing ‘lack of public subsidies for international sports university activity,’ Spanish swimming will not be represented in Taiwan for the 2nd consecutive Games. The 2013 edition in Kazan was the last edition of the international event in which swimmers represented Spain. 7 swimmers competed in Kazan, but came away without any medals.

In 2015, only the sports of taekwondo and archery were among the Spanish contingency, although they were rendered medal-less. The last WUG medals won by Spain were in 2013 where a track athletes and kayaker earned respective silver and bronze.

Weightlifting, gymnastics and archery were reportedly hoping to make it to Taiwan this time around, but were forced to inform Spain’s Higher Sports Council (CSD) of their withdrawals due to funding issues.




Leave a Reply

About Retta Race

Retta Race

After 16 years at a Fortune 1000 financial company, long-time swimmer Retta Race decided to change lanes and pursue her sporting passion. She currently is Coach for the Northern KY Swordfish Masters, a team she started up in December 2013, while also offering private coaching. Retta is also an MBA …

Read More »

Want to take your swimfandom to the next level?

Subscribe to SwimSwam Magazine!