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Athletes' safety priority at 2017 University Games: Taipei mayor

2012/09/06 18:10:36

Taipei, Sept. 6 (CNA) Taipei will learn from the success of the recent London Olympics and will be well prepared for the Universiade in 2017, giving priority to the athletes' safety, Taipei City mayor Hau Lung-bin said in London Wednesday.

Hau, who is on a European tour, made the remarks while briefing on Taipei's preparations to host the World University Games in 2017 at the Global Sports Summit.

He said the safety of the athletes will be the city's number one priority.

As part of its counter-terrorism plans, the city government will assign personnel to assist the sport delegations and their technical members as soon as they enter the country, he said.

The counter-terrorist operation will extend to every stadium in the city, while high level independent security will be put in place at the athletes' villages, Hau said.

In terms of infrastructure, Taipei will comply with green building regulations in its construction and renovation of the sport venues, Hau said.

After the Games, those complexes will remain in use and will be open to public, he said, noting that Taipei is a pioneer in the efforts to create low-carbon cities.

In the area of transportation, there will be dedicated lanes on the country's freeways and specific carriages on the Taipei metro for the transportation of athletes, he said.

Visitors and athletes will be able to travel between venues in less than an hour, using the city's convenient public transportation system, the mayor said.

More than 500,000 student volunteers from 58 universities will be recruited to assist the athletes during the Games, he said.

(By Johnson Sun and Maia Huang)