Less than 60 days remain before Taipei hosts one of the world’s largest sporting events – the Summer Universiade. The world university games will kick off on August 18 and last through August 30.
Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je is on his way to Turin, Italy to retrieve the Universiade flame on Tuesday night, Taiwan time. He will pass the flame to Taiwanese taekwondo athlete Chu Mu-yen, who was the first male athlete from Taiwan to win an Olympic gold. Chu said he was excited to serve as torchbearer.
“All I know is that I’m headed over there, and it doesn’t matter how far [I have to go], I know I can do it," said Chu. "I’m very happy and very excited.”
Tuesday night’s ceremony in Turin will also feature aboriginal culture from Taiwan, with performances by Golden Melody Award winning singer Inka Mbing and a modern dance troupe from the Paiwan Tribe, Tjimur Dance Theatre.
The Universiade flame will travel from Turin to Naples, and then on to Bangkok, Thailand, and Daegu in South Korea, arriving in Taiwan on June 29. The flame stop first at Jade Mountain, the nation’s highest peak, before circling the island.