FISU’s International Technical Committee visited venues that are set to be used for the Rhine-Ruhr 2025 Summer World University Games ©FISU

Rhine-Ruhr 2025 chief executive Stefan Kürten believes preparations for the International University Sports Federation (FISU) Summer World University Games have "crossed the first hurdle" following the final round of venue inspections.

FISU’s International Technical Committee (ITC) visited the German region to inspect the remaining seven venues that are set to be used at Rhine-Ruhr 2025.

During the four-day visit, the FISU delegation ran the rule over the athletics venues in Bochum, the archery, swimming and table tennis facilities in Düsseldorf and the fencing, judo and taekwondo arenas in Essen.

Tom Baster, chair of the FISU ITC for swimming, said he was "impressed" by the standard set by the Rhine-Ruhr 2025 Organising Committee.

"I’m delighted to be here in Düsseldorf looking at some spectacular facilities," said Baster.

"There’s a great warm up pool, it looks like it’s going to be a fantastic swimming arena.

"It is exciting to be back here looking at these venues and the preparations for the 2025 FISU World University Games.

"It’s going to be an exciting competition."

Andrzej Hrehorowicz, chair of the ITC for table tennis, added: "This was the first time I was visiting Düsseldorf, but I’ve already met some nice people who are set to host the unique FISU World University Games in 2025.

Members of the FISU ITC praised preparations for Rhine-Ruhr 2025 ©FISU
Members of the FISU ITC praised preparations for Rhine-Ruhr 2025 ©FISU

"After visiting the beautiful Messe Düsseldorf venue where the table tennis competition will be held, I believe it is an excellent choice for our competition.

"And now we prepare the field of play for the competition, we haven’t faced any problems so far and even if we do, I’m confident we can solve it.

"I would like to thank the Organising Committee for supporting us during the inspection and I am sure this will be a very nice event."

Baster and Hrehorowicz were part of the FISU delegation that also included the ITC chairs for archery, athletics, fencing, judo, taekwondo and table tennis.

The FISU ITC also visited eight venues last month.

Kürten said he felt the feedback from the FISU ITC was key to preparations for the Games, scheduled to be held from July 16 to 27 2025.

"I would say we have crossed the first hurdle and that too, impressively," said Kürten.

"All the feedback gained from the FISU ITC and TCC visits will help us further enhance and channelise our energies in the right direction.

"We will continue to work closely with FISU on the parameters that have been set. 

"Our sole aim is to provide the athletes with an environment as conducive as possible and make this event more entertaining for the spectators."