FISU approves change of Universiade’s 2017 venue
The International University Sports Federation (FISU) has approved a change of venue for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2017 Universiade, the host city’s Department of Sports said Wednesday.
The ceremonies will now be held at the Taipei Municipal Stadium instead of the Taipei Dome, the department said.
Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je, during a visit to Gwangju, South Korea to receive the flag from the host city in mid-July, had asked the FISU officially to change the main venue of the sports extravaganza.
After the FISU learned about the difficulties being experienced by the Taipei City government regarding the venue, it officially approved the change, according to Hung Chia-wen, director-general of the sports department.
The detailed plans for the opening and closing ceremonies will be finalized one year before the start of the Games in August 2017, he said.
The opening ceremony was scheduled to be held at the Taipei Dome, but construction has fallen behind schedule amid clashes between the city government and constructor Farglory Group over safety and contract terms.