TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The draw for the team events at the 2017 Taipei Universiade was held on May 11 in the Taipei Shangri-la Hotel, but China did not sign up for any team sports due to a scheduling conflict with the National Games of China.
According to the International University Sports Federation (FISU), the Chinese delegation sent a letter before and indicated that China is willing to attend the Taipei Universiade, but unable to send athletes for the team events. It did not provide any further reasons or explanations.
However, the Chinese delegation spoke to the Taipei city government two days ago and explained that during the same period most of the top Chinese athletes will represent their own province at the National Games of China, the premier sporting event in China at the national level, Taipei Universiade Organizing Committee executive director Su Li-chiong(蘇麗瓊) said.
China will still compete in individual events. The Taipei Universiade welcomes every country with different perspectives, added Su.
The 2017 Taipei Universiade kicks off from August 19 to 30. The National Games of China will be held from August 27 to September 8 and is usually held once every four years. The National Games of China has always conflicted with the Summer Universiade, but has never been absent from team events at previous Universiades.
China probably does not want to "take to much trouble," or they are afraid that the people in Taiwan are "too passionate," Ko said in response to reporters' questions on the issue on May 11, but added that he could not speak for the Chinese government. However, he believes China will send their elite athletes to Taipei for the individual competitions.
The result of team draw for the Taipei 2017 Summer Universiade was released yesterday. Countries attending the basketball, football, volleyball, water polo and baseball events were divided into groups. Football and water polo will be the first two team events held on August 18.