FISU ap­proves change of Univer­si­ade’s 2017 venue

The China Post - - LOCAL -

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.

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