Taipei mayor attends flame lighting in Italy for 2017 Universiade

Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je was in Turin, Italy on Tuesday night. He was there to take part in the flame lighting ceremony for the upcoming 2017 Taipei Universiade.

The Universiade, or world university games, are the second largest multisport event after the Olympics. Athletes from over 150 countries will compete at this year's games, which will take place in Taipei from August 18 � 30.

Tuesday night's flame lighting ceremony kicked off with the vocals of celebrated indigenous Taiwanese musician Inka Mbing, followed by a presentation of the flags of Italy, where the games were founded, Chinese Taipei, and the International University Sports Federation (FISU). Chinese Taipei is the name used by Taiwan in international sporting events.

Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je spoke after the opening ceremony about the preparations that Taipei City has made for the games.

"The Taipei 2017 Universiade, the 19th summer Universiade has been six years in the making. It will feature 22 sports and 38 competition venues," Ko said. "Every effort has been made to provide facilities, processes and service of the very highest quality and we are now ready to begin this major international event."

Ko extended an invitation to the roughly 12,000 participants to come to Taipei and experience its rich multicultural diversity and the friendliness of its people.

Source: Radio Taiwan International