Universiade preparatory body set up
By Adam Tyrsett Kuo, The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- Taiwan's 2017 Summer Universiade preparatory committee was formally established yesterday, with Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌) saying its establishment marked an important milestone for the island.
January 30, 2013, 12:07 am TWN
A press conference was held at the Taipei City Hall for the occasion and, in addition to the mayor, was also attended by Keelung Mayor Chang Tong-rong (張通榮), Hsinchu Mayor Hsu Ming-tsai (許明材), Chinese Taipei Basketball Association chief Ting Shou-chung (丁守中) and New Taipei Deputy Mayor Hou You-yi (侯友宜).
The 2017 Summer Universiade will be the highest-level sports event to be held in Taiwan, Hau said, adding that the preparatory committee will serve as the Taipei City Government's liaison with the Brussels-based International University Sports Federation.
Hau has been named chairman of the committee, which consists of central government officials, county and city chiefs, heads of the Chinese Taipei University Sports Federation (大專院校體育總會), as well as various experts.
The 2017 Summer Universiade is slated to be held over the course of 12 days, and will feature over 12,000 athletes and team members from 160 countries.
The event will feature 17 categories, including swimming, diving, basketball, fencing, soccer, judo, table tennis, tennis, as well as volley ball, and will be held in gymnasiums across Taipei, Keelung, New Taipei, Taoyuan, Hsinchu.
The unversiade is considered a key sports event in Taiwan. In 2011, Chinese Taipei won seven gold, nine silver, and 16 bronze medals, scoring a global ranking of eighth.
Chinese Taipei has consistently been ranked among the top 10 over the past four editions.