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Summer Universiade 2014 opens in Gwangju, South Korea

July 03, 2015, 19:00 UTC+3 SEOUL
Russia has sent an almost 600-strong delegation to the games, a total of 450 delegates of that number are athletes
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The main stadium of the 28th World University Summer Games (Universiade) in Gwangju, South Korea

The main stadium of the 28th World University Summer Games (Universiade) in Gwangju, South Korea

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SEOUL, July 3. /TASS/. A gala opening ceremony of the 28th World University Summer Games (Universiade) took place on Friday in the South Korean city of Gwangju.

The start of the competitions that will be held through to July 14 was announced by the South Korean President, Park Geun-hye.

The opening ceremony was held at the World Cup stadium that was built for the 2002 football championship.

Volleyball player Alexander Markin carried the Russian national flag.

Russia has sent an almost 600-strong delegation to the games. A total of 450 delegates of that number are athletes.

Team Russia did an impressive presentation at the previous Summer Universiade that was held in 2013 in the city of Kazan on the Volga. It won 292 medals there including 155 golds.

South Korea is hosting the University Games for the third time. In 1997, the18th Winter Universiade took place in Muju and in 2003, the 22nd Summer Universiade was held in Daegu.

Throughout the history of Summer University Games, the Soviet/Russian athlete have gotten a record number of medal 1947, including 786 golds.

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