The University of Western Australia will host the Indian Rim Asian University Games (IRAUG) from 7 to 11 December, in which more than 700 national and international athletes will take part.
This event will bring together the youth of the nations from universities within the Indian Ocean, Asian and Australian regions.
Contested under the motto "Sport-Culture-Friendship" the Games will allow participants to engage in a unique sporting event that will also stimulate the growth of relationships within the region.
UWA Vice-Chancellor Professor Alan Robson said that all WA universities were committed to ensuring students had the opportunity to experience much more than direct teaching, learning and research.
"These Games are an important and exciting initiative, particularly since they not only encourage excellence at international standards, but because they also encourage cultural exchanges and the opportunity to build international friendships," Professor Robson said.
The primary aim of the Games is to provide students with regular international competitions that allow the exposure to different cultures, the establishment of strong ties between universities and the exchange of ideas between competitors, officials and staff.
Participants representing 32 universities across seven nations will compete in a variety of sports, including badminton, cricket, soccer, tennis, rugby 7's, judo, hockey, beach volleyball and ultimate in both individual and team categories.
Sports will be played at UWA Sports Park, UWA International Martial Arts Centre, UWA Crawley Campus, Christ Church Grammar School, College Park and City Beach. All events are free to attend and the public is encouraged to come down to the sports venues and experience the spectacle of "Sport-Culture-Friendship".
For further information: http://www.iraug.com.au/
Bea Sonnenberg (Marketing/Sport and Recreation) (+61 8) 6488 4659 / (+61 4) 24 946 986