History of the SELL Games

SELL Countries are Finland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. In 1923 first regional student competitions were launched that later became known as the SELL Games (first letters of Finland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania in the respective languages). In 1923-1940 the SELL Summer Games were held 13 times and Winter Games (since 1929) 5 times. Chess Tournaments (since 1937) were held 3 times. The first competitions were arranged during September 14 to 16, 1923 in Tartu, and the last (winter games) on March 2 to 3, 1940 in Otepää near Tartu. International ties between student athletes of the Baltic States were disrupted following the Soviet occupation in 1940.

In 1991 Estonia became an independent state again and shortly afterwards the Estonian Academic Sports Federation (EASF) was founded. In 1997 the EASF organized the meeting of the representatives of four states and it was agreed that the tradition of the SELL Games should be restored. 75 years had passed from the first games when in the spring of 1998 next SELL Summer Games were held in Tartu with 800 athletes from 59 universities of 13 states participating. The Estonian student body restored its status of initiating and coordinating student competitions in the Baltic region.

SELL Games is one of the largest university student games in the word. Let’s keep it so!