Kayseri, situated in central Anatolia, becomes the third city to throw its hat into the ring after Krasnoyarsk in Russia and Korea's PyeongChang.
Official confirmation of the bid is expected in the coming weeks. If successful it would be the third Universiade to be held on Turkish soil after Izmir in the summer of 2005 and Erzurum in the winter of 2011.
With a million inhabitants, Kayseri has prospered amid economic growth over the past decade. In this climate, substantial investments have been made in the alpine ski facilities at Mount Erciyes, whose peak reaches 3,917m above sea level.
FISU secretary general and CEO Eric Saintrond visited Kayseri accompanied by a delegation from FISU’s Turkish member association. The visit included an official meeting of the Governor of Kayseri, the city's mayor and the rector of Erciyes University.