In 2025, the Rhine-Ruhr region will host the FISU World University Games. Over a total of 12 days, 10,000 athletes will compete in 18 sports. The sports venues are located in Essen, Bochum, Duisburg, Düsseldorf and Muelheim. Competitions in fencing and taekwondo will be held at MESSE ESSEN. The world's largest multi-sport event after the Olympic and Paralympic Games, formerly known as Universiade, will thus be held in Germany for the first time since 1989 (in Duisburg). The organizer is the General German University Association.