The 2017 Summer Universiade to be held in Taipei

  • Date: 2017-08-15

I. Background

The 29th Summer Universiade will be held this year in Taipei from August 19 through August 30. It will be the largest international athletic competition ever hosted by Taiwan. Competing in the event will be more than 7,600 athletes in teams representing over 140 countries and territories from around the world. This will make this year’s competition the third largest Summer Universiade ever held, with over 11,400 people including support personnel.

II. Range of sports

A. Compulsory sports

There will be 14 compulsory events: athletics, basketball, football (soccer), table tennis, tennis, volleyball, water polo, diving, fencing, judo, taekwondo, swimming, artistic gymnastics, and rhythmic gymnastics.

B. Optional sports

The seven optional events are baseball, badminton, golf, weightlifting, archery, wushu, and roller sports. Billiards will also be included as a demonstration sport.

C. Competition venues

Athletes will compete in 60 stadiums and gymnasiums (two newly built and 53 remodeled) and other facilities located throughout Taipei City, New Taipei City, Taoyuan City, Hsinchu County, and Hsinchu City.

D. Athletes’ Village

Located in the Linkou District of New Taipei City, the Athletes’ Village is the first in Taiwan purpose-built to house international competitors. The complex will be converted to social housing following the conclusion of the 2017 Summer Universiade.

E. The Taiwan National Team

As the host country, Taiwan will field a national team of about 370 athletes to compete in the full range of the event’s 22 sports. With the addition of nearly 180 support personnel, the 2017 team represents a historic first. The Taiwan National Team includes several sports stars well-known to local fans, including Tai Tzu-ying in badminton, Chan Yung-jan and Chan Hao-ching in tennis, Chiang Hung-chieh in table tennis, Kuo Hsing-chun in weightlifting, and Tan Ya-ting in archery.

III. Conclusion

The 2017 Summer Universiade will bring together top athletes from over 140 countries and territories around the globe. In order to assure the success of the games, the Taipei City Government and the central authorities will spare no effort, and look forward to producing a most spectacular Summer Universiade, where every one of the passionate and exceptional young athletes can set new records and realize their dreams. The games will also show off Taiwan’s capabilities and infrastructure to the world, and raise the nation’s international profile through the global broadcast of the games.