Taipei mayor hopes for 30,000 volunteers for 2017 Universiade
Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je said Saturday that the city government hopes that 30,000 volunteers will sign up to do administrative work and provide services during the Summer Universiade set for Aug. 19-30, 2017.
In December 2011, the Taipei city government won the right to host the universiade, an international multi-sport event organized for university athletes by the International University Sports Federation (FISU).
At an assembly of the morethan 1,000 volunteers who have already signed up, Ko stressed that a city needs such an event to consolidate its strength.
Around 12,000 athletes from 160 countries will arrive in Taipei for the games, and the volunteers will be needed to carry out administrative tasks and to work as receptionists and other service providers.
Ko said the city government expects 18,000 students and 12,000 people from other walks of life to sign up as volunteers.
The 2017 Taipei Summer Universiade includes the following 14 compulsory sports: athletics, basketball, fencing, football, gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, judo, aquatics (swimming, open water), water polo, diving, table tennis, tennis, volleyball and taekwondo.
There will also be seven optional sports: archery, badminton, baseball, golf, roller sports, weightlifting and wushu, chosen by the host city.