History of SELL

On the 11th of April 1923 in Tartu, Estonia, Student Unions of Finland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania formed a program of cooperation. One part of this program was student sports games organized on a regular basis. In autumn of 1923 in Tartu the first Baltic Students Olympics were held. The students competed in field athletics, tennis and football. Later those Games were named SELL Games by the first letter of the name of the countries written in their own language.

SELL Winter Games were started in 1929. Later, beginning of the year 1937, SELL chess matches were held together with the winter tournament. The last pre-war SELL Games were held on the 2nd and 3th of March in 1940 in Otepe (Estonia). For over 50 years the Games were disrupted because of the Soviet occupation of the Baltic countries.
On the 21st of April in 1997 representatives of Finland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania signed a declaration about the revival of the SELL Games. It was decided the 15th SELL Games to be held in Tartu (Estonia). Students from all countries throughout the world were invited to participate in the Games. Over 800 athletes from 15 countries representing 52 universities took part in these Games.
SELL Games is the biggest University Sport Games in Baltic countries and Finland which takes place every year. The Games are rotating every year in one of these countries.

The XXXII SELL Games will be organized on 13th – 15th of May 2015 in Tampere, Finland.

 

SELL Summer Games
I 1923 TARTU
II 1924 RIGA
III 1926 HELSINKI
IV 1929 KAUNAS
V 1930 TALINN
VI 1931 RIGA
VII 1932 HELSINKI
VIII 1933 KAUNAS
IX 1934 TARTU
X 1935 RIGA
XI 1936 HELSINKI
XII 1937 KAUNAS
XIII 1938 TARTU
XIV 1939 RIGA (cancelled)
1940 – 1997 were not held
XV 1998 TARTU
XVI 1999 KAUNAS
XVII 2000 JELGAVA
XVIII 2002 TARTU
XIX 2003 KAUNAS
XX 2004 TAMPERE
XXI 2005 RYGA
XXII 2006 TARTU
XXIII 2007 KAUNAS
XXIV 2008 ESPOO
XXV 2009 JELGAVA
XXVI 2010 TARTU
XXVII 2011 KAUNAS
XXVIII 2012 ESPOO
XXIX 2013 RIGA
XXX 2014 TARTU
XXXI 2015 KAUNAS
XXXII 2016 TAMPERE

 

SELL Winter Games
I 1929 RIGA
II 1931 HELSINKI
III 1933 KAUNAS (cancelled)
IV 1935 RIGA, SIGULDA
V 1938 ZARASAI
VI 1940 OTEPE

SELL Chess Tournaments
I 1937 RIGA
II 1938 TARTU
III 1939 HELSINKI