UNIVERSIADE: Aussies hail event success, complain about shuttle bus

Taipei-The 2017 Taipei Universiade has been a big success except for the shuttle bus service transporting athletes between venues which can sometimes takes longer than 30 minutes to turn up, athletes from the Australian delegation said on Sunday.

"Everything is fine about the event except for that small defect," said Kyle Cranston, who won the gold medal in the decathlon at the 2017 Summer Universiade Friday.

Echoing his view, Chinese Australian table tennis player Heming Hu also said there is ample room for improvement with the shuttle bus service as athletes are having to wait 30-40 minutes.

Cranston and Hu were among four Australian athletes invited to a press conference hosted by You Shih-ming (???), deputy CEO of the Taipei Universiade Organizing Committee, to share their impressions of the event.

Brittany O'Brien, an Australian diver, who made her Olympic debut in the women's 10m platform at the 2016 Rio Olympics, said participating in the Universiade was similar to taking part in the Rio Olympics.

Australian swimmer Sian Whittaker who won double gold in the 100m and 200m backstroke last week said she was impressed by the swimming pool design inside the carriage of a metro train in Taipei, praising the organizing committee's innovative approach in marketing the sport.

Australia sent a delegation of more than 300 members, including athletes and staff, to the Taipei event.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel