Taipei mayor reports on Universiade preparations at city council

Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je delivered a report on the city’s preparations for the Summer Universiade at Taipei City Council on Monday. (photo courtes

TAIPEI (Taiwan News)--Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) delivered a report on the city’s preparations for the Summer Universiade and security policy at Taipei City Council on Monday.

Ko said that a total of 152 countries have successfully registered to participate in the Universiade--the largest ever international sports event to be held in Taiwan. According to him, the city has mobilized all available resources to host the games, ranging from the planning of opening and closing ceremonies, construction of stadiums and athletes’ village, coverage of games, medical services, sponsorship, transportation, accommodation, logistics, cityscape beautification, marketing campaigns, to cultural exchanges.

Marc Vandenplas, Summer Universiade Director of International University Sports Federation (FISU), has also openly praised the city’s efficiency in preparing venues and facilities for the event.

Concerning Taipei’s security policy, the mayor noted that the city government will work to improve intelligence gathering and surveillance capabilities, enhance police deployment, and cooperate with National Security Bureau as well as the international intelligence network to strengthen anti-terror response mechanism in the event of mass gatherings.

When asked whether spectators can wave Taiwan’s national flag during games, Ko said that spectators are allowed to wave flags as long as they abide by rules.