The routes of Winter Universiade-2017 torch relay are designed in the Kazakhstan regions.

On December 22, 2017 the regional headquarters finalized the work on torch relay routes of the 28th World Winter Universiade-2017 in the Kazakhstan regions. Now we know the attractions in each city that will be part of the torch relay route in all 16 Kazakhstan regions


On January 25, 2017 the torch of the 28th World Winter Universiade-2017 will be established in Astana. For five days in each regional main city there will be the origin of Universiade-2017 flame.

In total the Universiade-2017 flame will travel more than 22, 500 kilometers, of this, the torchbearers will walk over 200 meters. Air Astana, the official air carrier of the World Students Games, will deliver the Winter Universiade-2017 flame from the Kazakhstan regions to Almaty where the official opening ceremony of the Games will be held.

“The Winter Universiade-2017 torch relay concept is a unique one. The organisers have divided the project into 16 separate parts that allowed each oblast to adapt the idea in place. Now we have 16 different routes being parts of the whole. So, the winter Universiade-2017 torch relay will expand the geography of Universiade-2017 from one city till the country”, said Nail Nurov, the Director for the SF “Almaty 2017 Universiade-2017 Organising Directorate”.

It’s important to note that the length of the route will vary between 10 and 12 km and each torchbearer will run about 200 m. The longest torch relay route will be in Almaty. 100 torchbearers will carry the Universiade-2017 torch on a 20 kilometer route. The Universiade-2017 flame will be established on the territory of Kazakhstan State University which was named after Al-Farabi. The participants will then go to Shymbulak, Medeu, Boluan Sholak Sport Palace, education centres, city attractions. Afterwards, the torch relay participants will finish in the Almaty Arena at the culminating moment of the opening ceremony.

The festive events in the Kazakhstan regions will be interesting and spectacular as well. For example, in Karaganda region the torch relay route will be divided into two parts: the first one will be in Temirtau and the second one in Karaganda city. During the ceremony of Universiade-2017 flame generation  will occur in Temirtau city bowl. The fire from the blast furnace of the Iron and Steel Plant will be combined with the coal from the mines, where young professionals of the region work.

Hence, the Universiade-2017 torch relay will show and tell the best attractions in the regions of Kazakhstan. Local People such as students, sportsmen, young scientists will be the focus of the event. The Winter Universiade-2017 will be promoted to attract as many guests as possible to come to see the World Winter Students Games – 2017.

The program of the Universiade-2017 torch relay:

  • January 25, 2017, Astana, the 28th World Winter Universiade-2017 flame will be engendered
  • January 26, 2017, the flame will be engendered in the Kazakhstan regions: Ust-Kamenogorsk, Pavlodar, Kokshetau, Petropavlovsk, Kostanai, Karaganda
  • January 27, 2017 – Aktobe, Uralsk, Atyrau, Aktau
  • January 28, 2017 – Kyzylorda, Shymkent, Taraz, Taldykorgan
  • January 29, 2017 – the Universiade-2017 flame will be engendered in the Kazakhstan State University named after Al-Farabi