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Taipei wins bid to host 2017 Summer Universiade (update)

2011/11/30 03:56:32

Brussels, Nov. 29 (CNA) Taipei has won the rights to host the 2017 Summer Universiade, beating Brazil's capital Brasilia, the games committee announced Tuesday.

"On behalf of the whole delegation and all the citizens of Taipei, we would like to express our sincere appreciation to the FISU (International University Sports Federation) for choosing Taipei as the host city for 2017 Summer Universiade," said Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin, who is heading a delegation to Brussels for Taipei's bid.

"There's an old saying, 'Where there is a will, there is a way.' This is the fifth time we've taken part in the bidding," he added. " And finally, we made it."

Taiwan's second-largest city Kaohsiung has made three unsuccessful bids, the last in 2007 for the 2011 games, and Taipei in 2009 bid unsuccessfully for the rights to the 2015 Summer Universiade.

Launched in the Italian city of Turin in 1959, the Universiade is a biennial sports event for university athletes from more than 130 countries.

At the 2011 Summer Universiade in Shenzhen, China, Taiwan won 32 medals -- seven gold, nine silver, and 16 bronze.

(By Alex Jiang and James Lee)