TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — The Taipei 2017 Summer Universiade kicks off officially on Saturday as the opening ceremony starts at 7 pm at Taipei Stadium, which is anticipated to gather over 7,000 athletes from 131 countries.
The Taipei City Government has prepared for six years for the biggest international sports event ever held in Taiwan. Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen will attend the opening ceremony and will announce the start of the games officially.
After a 19-month planning period, the highly expected opening ceremony will last for three hours and include three segments of cultural performances based on the themes of nature, city and technology, showcasing Taiwan's characteristics to the world. All 12,000 tickets for the opening ceremony have been sold.
Taiwanese pop singers Leehom Wang, A-Lin, Taiwan’s first indigenous music band BOXING as well as other aboriginal artists including Wang Sheng-yu, Sangpuy, the Chu-Yin Culture and Arts Troupe and the folk music choir of Taiwu Elementary School will perform the Universiade theme song together on stage.
Delegations and athletes will enter the stadium in alphabetical order. It is reported that the Chinese delegation hasn’t signed up for the opening ceremony and might be absent.
The final torch will be delivered by Taiwanese top notch athletes including tennis player Chiang Hung-chieh (江宏傑), World No. 1 badminton player Tai Tzu-ying (戴資穎), archer Tan Ya-ting (譚雅婷), and baseball outfielder Chen Chin-feng (陳金鋒). Weightlifter Hsu Shu-ching (許淑淨) announced Friday morning she was dropping out of the torch lighting ceremony due to leg injuries.
Traffic controls in Taipei will start from 3 pm around the Taipei Arena and the Taipei Stadium. Attendants are not allowed to carry water, knives, and selfie sticks into the stadium, according to the Universiade committee. Live streaming services are also provided on television and online.
For more information, visit the Universiade website or call 02-8772-9805.