TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Taipei City Government is planning a bid to host the 2030 Asian Games, Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) told reporters Friday (May 17).
The Summer Universiade organized in 2017 were widely hailed as a success and showed Taipei had the ability to host major international sports tournaments, Ko said at the opening of a travel fair.
The city government’s sports department had discussed the bid with its central government counterpart under the Ministry of Education and had started the process of drawing up an official application, the Central News Agency reported.
Ko was scheduled to travel to Japan on May 23 for a visit which will include talks with the 2020 Tokyo Olympics organizing committee and a tour of the facilities.
The mayor added that Taipei should also send delegations to study the 2022 Asian Games in the Chinese city of Hangzhou and the 2026 Asian Games in Nagoya, Japan. He added he hoped that China could show enough understanding not to block Taipei’s application.
According to media reports, cities from several countries, including India, South Korea, Thailand, the Philippines and Uzbekistan, would be interested in hosting the 2030 Asiad.