The deputy chief executive of the 2017 Summer Universiade in Taiwan’s capital Taipei has promised that all venues for the multi-sport event are expected to be ready by the 100-days-to-go mark.
Taipei 2017 has a competition schedule set to run from August 19 to 30.
Shih-Ming You said during a presentation at SportAccord Convention, entitled “How the international multi-sport event makes Taipei greater”, that everything barring the dressing of the 53 venues is due to be completed in little over a month.
A total of 44 of them are already finished, while the other nine are still undergoing construction.
A delegation of International University Sports Federation (FISU) officials inspected progress by Taipei 2017 last month.
Summer Universiade director Marc Vandenplas led an 11-strong group at the inspection and which included tours of competition venues and the Athletes’ Village.
The event’s budget was among the issues discussed, as well as the plans for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies at the Taipei Stadium.
Among the main challenges cited by You is the fact that August falls at the center of the typhoon season in Taiwan.
He told insidethegames that they had already consulted with the country’s Central Weather Bureau, who will provide tailor-made forecasts.
But You admitted it is ultimately out of their hands.
“We will keep an eye on it as a precaution, but if it really happens, there is nothing we can do about it,” he added.
The 2017 Summer Universiade will be the largest international sports showpiece that Taiwan has ever staged.
It will feature 21 sports and be held in venues across Taipei, Keelung, New Taipei, Taoyuan and Hsinchu.
By Daniel Etchells
Republished with permission from insidethegames.biz.