TAIPEI (Taiwan News) --- Taipei's Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) strongly criticized protesters that blocked athletes from accessing to the Taipei Municipal Stadium on Saturday evening at the Universiade opening ceremony.
"By being the mayor of the host city, I take full responsibility for the incident," said Ko. "I hope all the Universiade staff will continue to stick to their posts so that the events can proceed smoothly to the end, and we will review and deal with the issues after the Games conclude," said the Mayor during a press conference on Monday. He also thanked the audience for supporting the athletes so the opening ceremony could proceed and his colleagues for responding quickly to resolve the situation.
"The Universiade is Taiwan's Universiade and a happy celebration for the whole nation, but the groups protesting the unfair pension reform intentionally disrupted the opening performances, which was not only a violation of the law, but also invalidated the legitimacy of their arguments,” he said.
The International University Sports Federation, the organizing body of the Universiade, last night said that it asked Taipei authorities to review future arrangements.
President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) requested stricter law enforcement and an investigation to prevent such incidents reaccurring during the Universiade.
After the discussion they concluded that fences should be placed to safeguard the area so protesters will not be able to approach the athletes during future events.