The ceremony began with the March Pass of the participating nations who gathered around the star-shaped stage. The cultural part of the ceremony represented the Korean heritage and embraced the legacy of youth. In the first performance named ‘Spreading the Wings of Light’ the youths came together in Gwangju to spread their wings of light taking flight into the shining future. In the second performance, ‘Sharing the Light’, the flame connected the athletes’, volunteers’ and audience’s hearts so they could share passion and hope in the world. As a conclusion of the cultural programme, ‘Light: Waves of Youth’, a variety of famous Korean singers took the stage.
Looking back at this year’s Summer Universiade several records were broken. Gwangju counted 10,711 participants with 7,374 athletes (4,223 male and 3,151 female) and 3,337 officials (2,619 male and 718 female) representing 137 countries. Of all these athletes the top three medallists were swimmer Shannon Vreeland (USA) with four gold and one bronze, followed by rhythmic gymnast Yeon Jae Son (KOR) who won three gold and two silver and shooter Haoran Yang (CHN) who took home three gold, one silver and one bronze. During the twelve-day competition 33 records were broken, 28 of them Universiade Records, three Final Universiade Records and two World Records. To make all of this possible, over 40,000 staff and volunteers supported the games.
The Closing Ceremony lit up Gwangju and embraced the Korean hospitality. It celebrated strength and perseverance of the youth around the world. The Universiade was the start to a great legacy which is evolving.