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European University Games open in Zagreb

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The flag of Croatia enters during the opening ceremonies of the European University Games. Image credit: EUG Zagreb-Rijeka 2016

Last night, the European University Games officially got underway.   Two of the twenty-three sports on the program are for people with disabilities.  They are swimming and table tennis.


The swimming events include S1-S13 men and women’s freestyle 50m and 100m, men and women’s freestyle S1-S5 200m, and men and women’s freestyle S6-S13 400m.  Backstroke events include men and women’s S1-S13 50m and S6-S13 100m. Breaststroke events include men and women’s SB1-SB13 50m and men and women’s SB14-SB13 100m.  Butterfly events include men and women’s S2-S13 50m and S8-S13 100m.

Universities that have entered swimming teams include Croatia’s University of Rijeka, University of Split and University of Zagreb, France’s University of Vichy, Hungary’s Eotvos Lorand University, Lithuania’s Lithuanian Sports University, Serbia’s University of Kragujevac, University of Nis and University of Novi Sad, Slovakia’s Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava, Slovenia’s Gea College, Spain’s Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Universidad de Cordoba and Universidad de Valcencia, Turkey’s Istanbul Icaret University, and the United Kingdom’s Sheffield Hallam University.  Swimming officially gets underway next Saturday.

Table tennis events on the program include men’s single Class 1 – Class 5, men’s single Class 6 – 10, women’s single Class 1 – Class 5, and women’s single Class 6 – 10. Five universities have sent competitors including Croatia’s University of Zagreb, France’s University of Bordeaux, Macedonia’s St Cyril and Methodius of Skopje, Slovakia’s Technical University of Kosice, and Slovenia’s University of Ljubljana.  Table tennis competition is officially scheduled to get underway next Thursday.

Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2569 Articles)
Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees. She has a PhD in Communications from the University of Canberra.

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