Taipei is gearing up to host the Summer Universiade next month with registration for athletes ending on Wednesday. So far, 368 Taiwanese athletes have signed up, while 112 from China have registered as well.
Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je said China would not be absent from such an important event. But Ko said that when he went to the Shanghai-Taipei Twin City Forum earlier this month, Chinese officials told him that many athletes would be preparing for China’s 2017 National Games, which will overlap with the Universiade. Therefore, there will not be as many Chinese athletes attending this year’s Universiade, which is usually held in June or July.
The Taipei Universiade will take place this year between August 19 and August 30. Taiwanese taekwondo gold medalist Lin Wan-ting and inline speed skater Sung Ching-yang were on hand at a press conference on Monday to promote the games. Lin won gold for Taiwan in the last Universiade, while all eyes are on Sung to win the gold at this year’s event. Sung holds the record for the 500 meter race in Asia. He also won the gold for the 300 and 500 meter races at the Asian Games in 2010.
The Universiade is an international sporting and cultural event which is staged every two years and is second only to the Olympic Games in size. Participants are university students who compete in 14 regular events and three additional events chosen by the host country.