University Sports Games
First Turkic Council University Sports Games (Turkic Universiade) was staged in Baku in April 2018.
Upon the decisions of the Heads of States at the Fourth Turkic Council Summit in Bodrum in 2014, First Turkic Council University Sports Games (Turkic Universiade) was staged in Baku in April 2018. The aim of the Games is to bring together and socialize the young athletes of the countries sharing the same history and cultural heritage through the unifying power of sports, as well as to strengthen ties of friendship and fraternity among the youngsters and brotherly societies.
Approximately 400 university athletes and coaches from Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Turkey attended the Games where the teams competed in 7 different sports branches. Games were broadcasted live on a Sports Channel of Azerbaijan. Turkic Council University Sports Games (Turkic Universiade) will be organized every two years with widespread participation from the Turkic world. The Second round of the Games will be staged in Kazakhstan in 2020.
Moreover, Turkic Council organized a University Sports tournament in May 2017 in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan with the participation of member universities of the Turkic University Union, comprising 16 universities from the Member States. More than 300 university athletes attended the tournament, which was hosted by the Kyrgyz-Turkish Manas University. The second tournament will be hosted by the Khoja Akhmet Yassawi International Kazakh-Turkish University, in its capacity as the Chairman of the Turkic University Union, in 2020.