Tai­wan will go to Gwangju Univer­si­ade de­spite MERS

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Tai­wan will at­tend the Sum­mer Univer­si­ade next month in Gwangju, South Korea, de­spite the spread of the Mid­dle East Res­pi­ra­tory Syn­drome ( MERS) there, the Sports Ad­min­is­tra­tion said Tues­day.

Af­ter an ex­ten­sive as­sess­ment of the de­vel­op­ment of the epi­demic, it was de­cided that Tai­wanese ath­letes will par­tic­i­pate in the sports event as sched­uled, said Ho Jowfei ( , di­rec­tor-gen­eral of the Sports Ad­min­is­tra­tion.

He said the de­ci­sion was made ear­lier in the day at an in­ter agency meet­ing, based on in­for­ma­tion pro­vided by the min­istries of for­eign af­fairs and health and wel­fare, and doc­tors and rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the Chi­nese Taipei Univer­sity Sports Fed­er­a­tion.

The agen­cies also took into ac­count the pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sures adopted by the Games’ or­ga­niz­ers against MERS, the par­tic­i­pa­tion of other coun­tries and an eval­u­a­tion by the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion, said Ho, who had con­vened the meet­ing.

He said the sit­u­a­tion in South Korea is un­der con­trol and no MERS cases have been re­ported in Gwangju. The or­ga­niz­ers of the Games have put pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sures in place to en­sure the health and safety of the par­tic­i­pat­ing ath­letes, Ho added.

A to­tal of 237 Tai­wanese ath­letes are sched­uled to com­pete in 16 sports at the bi­en­nial event, also known as the World Univer­sity Games, which will be held July 3-14.

The Tai­wanese ath­letes will be ac­com­pa­nied by 24 med­i­cal staff mem­bers. The Tai­wan del­e­ga­tion will carry 5,000 face masks as a pre­cau­tion.

The Sports Ad­min­is­tra­tion, how­ever, will re­spect the de­ci­sion of any ath­lete who de­cides to with­draw from the Games, Ho said, adding that none of them had in­di­cated an in­ten­tion to do so.

The Tai­wanese ath­letes will de­part for South Korea in sep­a­rate groups, with the first batch leav­ing June 27, ac­cord­ing to the Sports Ad­min­is­tra­tion.

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