Taipei mayor hopes for 30,000 vol­un­teers for 2017 Univer­si­ade

The China Post - - LOCAL -

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.

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