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NIA denies claim of slow Universiade security checks


The National Immigration Agency (NIA) has denied a claim that it has been slow to complete security checks ahead of the Universiade Games.


The 2017 Universiade, or world college games, will kick off in Taipei on August 19.


In a radio interview Friday, Taipei City Councilor Wang Shih-chien reportedly said that the NIA had yet to review information provided by 1,845 foreign athletes. That’s18% of the total expected to arrive for the games. Wang said that because of this, these athletes are still unable to get visas.


In response, the NIA issued a press release Saturday saying that it has already finished security checks for 12,581 athletes and team staff. According to the NIA, only 106 have not yet passed security checks. This is mostly due to issues with scanned images of their passports and issues with the passport photos they have provided. The NIA says their security checks can continue according to procedure as soon as they submit acceptable scans or photos.