2017 Summer Universiade in Taipei!
The 2017 Summer Universiade is about to kick off, tickets go on sale now! From August 19 to August 30 --12 days of exciting sports competitions, so don’t miss it!
So, do you guys know what Universiade means? The word ‘Universiade’ is a combination of the words ‘university’ and ‘olympiade’. The Universiade is the largest multi-sport event in the world for student-athletes.
The Universiade is also known as the ‘mini-Olympics,’ because the number of athletes, competition standards, and competitiveness are comparable to the Olympics. Although the Universiade is only for student-athletes, they are considered to be in their athletic prime. As a result, Universiade participants often become Olympic athletes. About 48% of Olympic medal winners have also won a medal during the Universiade. The Universiade is regarded as the most important international multi-sporting event after the Olympic Games. The Universiade is held every two years in different cities, alternating between the Summer Universiade and the Winter Universiade.
Taiwan first participated in the 1987 Universiade, and won its first gold medal in the 1991 Summer Universiade in Sheffield, England for the 200 meters track and field event. Wang Huei-chen, also known as “The Queen of Speed,” clinched the gold medal in 23.22 seconds. Since 2005, the Chinese Taipei team has been placed 9th, and in four consecutive events, Chinese Taipei has maintained top 10 in the world, demonstrating Taiwan’s ability to win gold medals.
In addition to its strong athletes, Taiwan’s bid to the Universiade is a demonstration of perseverance. Taiwan has bid for the event 5 times since 1998, before finally defeating Brazil for the bid in 2011, with Taipei becoming the host city for the 2017 Summer Universiade. This will be the largest sports event hosted in Taiwan.
This year’s Universiade mascot, Bravo, represents power and courage. The design comes from the unique Formosan black bear native to Taiwan. Bravo wears a shiny gold medal and will act as a cheerleader during the games, demonstrating Taipei’s friendliness, enthusiasm and passion to the teams from all over the world.
The 2017 Summer Universiade has a total of 22 sports, including 14 compulsory sports, 7 optional sports and 1 demonstration sport. The sports are: archery, athletics, badminton, baseball, basketball, diving, fencing, football, golf, artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, judo, roller sports, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, tennis, volleyball, water polo, weightlifting, wushu, and billiards. There are a total of 34 venues. The opening and closing ceremony will take place in the main stadium -- Taipei Municipal Stadium.
Taiwan will host an estimated 12,000 athletes and coaching team members from 150 countries. Taiwan will be put to the test as it looks to provide 40,000 meals for the athletes each day. Challenge accepted!
The 2017 Universiade not only allows Taiwan to become the host of such a large sporting event, it's also a rare opportunity for Taiwanese athletes to compete in their home nation and make their country proud!
Taipei Universiade, For You, For Youth. Let the races begin!