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Taipei mayor visits Gwangju Universiade facilities

Taipei mayor visits Gwangju Universiade facilities

Seoul, July 14 (CNA) Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (???) and his entourage visited facilities of the 2015 Gwangju Universiade Tuesday to learn about the operation of the registration and credential center, the medical center, and training and entertainment installations at the athletes village. With his medical background, Ko took special interest in the medical center, where approximately 360 medical personnel worked during the 12-day world university games. Stressing that different cities, with different environments and management approaches, will come up with different ideas when hosting the games, Ko said that such a large medical center might not be practical for the 2017 Universiade in Taipei, because the Chang Gung Memorial Hospital is right next door to the athletes village in Linkou, New Taipei. After seeing the registration and credential center, Ko also said that Taipei need not copy the Gwangju practice of having separate processes for registration and credentials, adding that he would prefer a "one-stop shop" to save the time of athletes. Ko also found a big difference between the Gwangju athletes village, which was built by private investors and rented to the organizer of the games, and the housing units for the 2017 world university games, on which the central government will spend NT$18 billion (US$579.6 million) to build and might require the local governments of Taipei and New Taipei to buy and manage after the games are over. He said that management of the real estate after the games will need thorough studies. Ko arrived in South Korea July 12 for a five-day visit. He will receive the flag of the world university games from the Gwangju sponsor at the closing ceremony of the games Tuesday evening. (By Y.C. Chiang and Lillian Lin)


Updated : 2021-09-29 04:06 GMT+08:00