The three-hour show was titled “U Are Shining: Youth is the Light of the Future” and directed by Park Myung-sung, who has previously worked on “Aida” and “Mamma Mia!” among other hit musicals

The Opening Ceremony highlighted the city of Gwangju’s idealistic image – a city filled with light as its name says in Korean – into a musical featuring a mix of modern electronic dance music and Korea’s traditional sounds.

With a huge “U”-shaped centerpiece displaying images symbolising Korea’s traditions, seats equipped with glow sticks made the Gwangju Universiade Main Stadium a real spectacle.

Approximately 13,000 university athletes from 146 countries will be competing in the Games, where a total of 272 gold medals in 21 sports will be awarded over 12 days setting it to be the largest Games ever, surpassing that of the Kazan Universiade in 2013.

IFMA is proud to become a full FISU partner and is looking forward to the upcoming University World Championship to add the value muaythai can add to any multi sports event.