September 2 - Today marks 100 days until the International University Sports Federation (FISU) Trentino 2013 Winter Universiade is due to get under way in the northern Italian province.
Around 3,000 athletes will descend on the picturesque region of Italy, which is dominated by the Dolomites mountain range, for the 26th Winter Universiade where a total of 13 sports will be contested across seven venues from December 11 to 21.
Originally awarded to Maribor in Slovenia, Trentino stepped in, in March 2012, to take over the hosting rights for the event following the Slovenian Government's withdrawal of funding and the resignation of the Maribor Organising Committee.
Trentino follows neighbours Turin, who as well as hosting the 2006 Winter Olympics and Paralympics, staged the Winter Universiade in 2007.
This will be the sixth time that Italy has hosted the Games, following on from Sestriere 1966, Livigno 1975, Belluno 1985 and Tarvisio 2003.
Preparations for the Games have been ongoing, with Trentino 2013 announcing a number of initiatives designed to make the Games a memorable occasion.
Earlier this year, organisers launched a campaign to recruit 1,500 Games volunteers and received nearly 2,000 applications from locals, people from across Italy and from outside the country.
The volunteers will be responsible for providing support to athletes and international delegations across communication and marketing, safety and access control, catering, accreditation control, IT support, hospitality and welcome services and press duties.
Applications are still being taken from musicians and singers currently attending university in any of the more than 160 countries affiliated to FISU for the "Official Song" of Trentino 2013, which will see the winning composition performed at the Opening Ceremony on December 11.
Last week the Organising Committee announced that they aimed to make Trentino 2013, "the first environmentally friendly Universiade ever" by implementing a series of guidelines and good practices to reduce the carbon (CO2) output - expected to be around 20,000 tons - by working with local people and businesses as well as the Trentino municipal authorities on a number of initiatives.
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