2017 Summer Universiade

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XXIX Summer Universiade
2017 Summer Universiade logo.svg
Official logo of the 2017 Summer Universiade
Host cityTaipei
Country Taiwan[1]
MottoFor You, For Youth
Chinese: 獻給你,獻給年輕世代
(Xiàn gěi nǐ, xiàn gěi niánqīng shìdài)
Opening19 August
Closing30 August
Opened byPresident Tsai Ing-wen
Athlete's OathTsung-Hsuau Wu (Volleyball)
Chang Kai-chen (Tennis)
Judge's OathShiu Geng-hau (Volleyball)
Lan Mei-fen (Football)
Torch lighterChen Chin-Feng (Baseball)
Main venueTaipei Municipal Stadium

The 2017 Summer Universiade (Chinese: 2017年夏季世界大學運動會; pinyin: Èr líng yī qī Nián Xiàjì Shìjiè Dàxué Yùndònghuì), officially known as the XXIX Summer Universiade (Chinese: 第二十九屆夏季世界大學運動會; pinyin: Dì èrshíjiǔ jiè xiàjì shìjiè dàxué yùndònghuì) and commonly called Taipei 2017 (Chinese: 台北2017; pinyin: Táiběi Èr líng yī qī), was an international multi-sport event that took place in Taipei, Taiwan from 19 to 30 August 2017.

Bid selection[edit]

2017 Taipei Summer Universiade Organizing Committee Office Entrance
A signboard of the 2017 Summer Universiade in Taipei. Taipei is selected as host of the 2017 Summer Universiade on 29 November 2011.

The cities of Brasília in Brazil and Taipei in Taiwan were in contention for the Games. Taipei was elected as the host city of the 2017 Summer Universiade by FISU on 29 November 2011, in Brussels, Belgium.[2]


Venue changes[edit]

In June 2015, Taipei's Mayor Ko Wen-je announced that organizers had shifted the opening and closing ceremonies from the Taipei Dome to the Taipei Municipal Stadium due to delays in the construction of the domed stadium.[3]



The official motto of the games was For You, For Youth (Chinese: 獻給你,獻給年輕世代; pinyin: Xian gěi nǐ, xiàn gěi niánqīng shìdài). It was adopted to represent the assembly of university athletes from around the world to compete and pursue for dreams and victory.[4][5]


The logo of the games was a stylized image of the Chinese character Běi (北) as in the host city, Taipei (臺北 Táiběi). The logo was based on the shape of letter U, which stands for Universiade, United and University. It was adopted to represent the passion, vitality, hope and positivity. The logo's combination of five colors (blue, yellow, black, green and red) represents the assembly of university athletes from around the world to compete. The logo was designed by Yu Ming-lung.[4][5]


Bravo the Bear, the official mascot of the games.

The mascot of the games was Bravo the Bear (Chinese: 熊讚; pinyin: Xióng Zàn), a Formosan black bear. The white V on the chest of the Formosan black bear and the gold medal represented the hope of the games athletes in pursuing dreams and victory, while the identity of the black bear as the endangered species in Taiwan represented commitment to protecting the natural environment. The mascot name, Bravo, which is an expression of approval in Italian, was chosen to represent athletes' bravery in achieving outstanding results.[4][5] The Mandarin name of the mascot, Xióng Zàn, sounds like the word "brilliant" in the Taiwanese Min-nan language.[5] The mascot was designed by Yu Ming-lung.[6]

Theme song[edit]

The official theme song of the Taipei 2017 Universiade was "Embrace the World with You" (Chinese: 擁抱世界擁抱你; pinyin: Yōng Bào Shì Jiè Yōng Bào Nǐ), composed by Kris Wu (Paiwan: Utjung Tjakivalid) and sung by I-WANT STAR POWER (Chinese: I-WANT星勢力). The theme song was produced by techno producer Howie B and Taiwanese music producer Ada Su.[7][8]


On 7 July, it was announced that the President of the Republic of China (Taiwan), Tsai Ing-wen would attend the event.[9]

In what has been referred to as a "stealth boycott",[10] China officially announced that it would not be sending teams to participate in team events, but individual Chinese athletes are allowed to travel to Taiwan and compete in the individual events.[11]

Days before the opening ceremony, Ugandan sports official Norman Katende stated that the Ugandan team had been ordered not to travel to Taiwan because of their country's adherence to the "one China" policy.[12] Katende published a letter received from the Ugandan Ministry of Foreign Affairs reading "The purpose of this letter is to inform you of 'the one china [sic] policy', which is the position of the government of Uganda. In this regard therefore the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is advising that your Ministry does not send an official delegation to participate."[13] The Taiwanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs representative Eleanor Wang said "The Uganda team is still trying to talk with its government and is hoping to be allowed to attend the games in Taipei."[14] In an update on 15 August, Katende published a statement from Makerere University Sports and Recreation Department head Peninnah Kabenge, citing "overaction [sic] and misunderstanding" for the Ministry's actions.[15] Ms. Kabenge later confirmed this, writing "It is official team UGANDA is on the way to the 29th Universiade."[16]

Opening ceremony[edit]

A few weeks before the opening ceremony, it was confirmed that audience members would be allowed to bring Taiwan flags into the stadium, though official participants of the opening ceremony on the stadium floor would not be allowed to use them.[17][18]

The opening ceremony on 19 August was affected by several incidents of protest from protestors outside the stadium, as well as rumors that one or more Islamic State (IS) sympathisers had infiltrated the country, either as foreign workers or as part of the event's guest teams.[19] Several groups and organizations, including opponents to the pension reform that was carried out in June, also staged protests outside of the Taipei Municipal Stadium which in turn caused security concerns that affected the opening ceremony.[20]

Before the event, it was known that athletes from China would not take part in the Parade of Nations for political reasons. However, protests outside the stadium prevented all athletes and flagbearers after Burkina Faso (starting with Burundi) from entering the stadium at the scheduled time. Volunteers carried the flags into the stadium in the designated order, while the athletes waited outside. Shortly after the volunteer carrying Zimbabwe's flag entered the stadium, all of the placard bearers between Burundi and Zimbabwe entered (not in alphabetical order), followed by all of their athletes. The host country's team, the Chinese Taipei delegation, entered last in the proper order (placard bearer, followed by flagbearer, followed by their athletes).[21]

Over 5,600 uniformed and plain-clothes Taiwanese police, including Military police armed with rifles, were present to ensure the smooth running of the opening ceremony.[19]

Closing ceremony[edit]

During the closing ceremony, athletes from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Dominican Republic and the United Kingdom thanked Taiwan by carrying banners, Republic of China flags and wigs with the colours of the ROC flag.[22] A day after the Closing Ceremony, Argentinian athletes were given an official warning by FISU for bringing flags of the Republic of China into the stadium as they marched in the parade of nations in the closing ceremony.[23]

The host of 2019 Summer Universiade, Naples, Italy, also gave performances at the closing ceremony.


Originally, this would be the first edition since the 2003 Summer Universiade in which the number of optional sports would be reduced to 3. However, due to these internal issues an exception was made.The Organizing Committee, at bidding process,opted to add the 14 compulsory sports: archery, badminton and taekwondo.Later,they asked FISU to add two more as the local public was showing low interest and to increase the medal chances: weightlifting and golf.As happened two years before,the local authorities wanted to add another one,the baseball.Two other local federations also required the addition of their sports as they also understood the appeal of their sports in the country:Roller Skating and Wushu, which have recently been recognized as University sports by FISU will be part.The eight:billiards, was added later.[24]


Participating National University Sporting Federations


OC Opening ceremony Event competitions 1 Event finals CC Closing ceremony
August 18th
Ceremonies OC CC
Aquatics - Diving 2 2 1 1 3 1 1 4 15
Aquatics - Swimming 4 5 5 7 4 7 8 2 42
Aquatics - Water polo 1 1 2
Archery 5 5 10
Athletics 2 6 9 11 12 10 50
Badminton 1 5 6
Baseball 1 1
Basketball 1 1 2
Fencing 2 2 2 2 2 2 12
Football 1 1 2
Golf 4 4
Gymnastics 1 1 2 10 2 6 22
Judo 4 4 4 4 2 18
Roller Sports 4 4 4 2 2 16
Table tennis 2 1 2 2 7
Taekwondo 2 3 4 4 4 4 2 23
Tennis 2 5 7
Volleyball 1 1 2
Weightlifting 3 3 2 2 3 3 16
Wushu 2 2 10 14
Daily medal events 0 0 18 24 24 41 29 29 30 21 21 33 1 271
Cumulative total 0 0 18 42 66 107 136 165 195 216 237 270 271
Billiards (Demonstration) 2 2 4
August 18th

Medal table[edit]

  Host nation (The Taiwan Republic of China (Taiwan) is recognized by the name of Chinese Taipei by FISU.)

Medal Table[edit]

  *   Host nation (Chinese Taipei)

2017 Summer Universiade medal table[25]
1 Japan (JPN)372837102
2 Chinese Taipei (TPE)*30353196
3 South Korea (KOR)30223082
4 Russia (RUS)25313894
5 United States (USA)16191651
6 Ukraine (UKR)12111336
7 North Korea (PRK)125623
8 Italy (ITA)961732
9 China (CHN)96217
10 Iran (IRI)841123
11 Poland (POL)79925
12 Germany (GER)761124
13 Mexico (MEX)651122
14 Hungary (HUN)55414
15 France (FRA)45817
16 Canada (CAN)45413
17 Australia (AUS)4329
18 Dominican Republic (DOM)4206
19 Serbia (SRB)4004
20 Turkey (TUR)37616
21 Kazakhstan (KAZ)36716
22 Belarus (BLR)3429
23 Romania (ROU)32611
24 Azerbaijan (AZE)3148
25 Lithuania (LTU)3137
26 Armenia (ARM)3126
27 Thailand (THA)25613
28 Brazil (BRA)24612
29 Portugal (POR)2125
30 Hong Kong (HKG)2024
31 Netherlands (NED)2013
32 Macau (MAC)2002
33 Colombia (COL)13711
34 Finland (FIN)1124
35 Switzerland (SUI)1113
 Uganda (UGA)1113
37 Cuba (CUB)1102
38 Vietnam (VIE)1045
39 Czech Republic (CZE)1023
40 Austria (AUT)1012
41 Ireland (IRL)1001
 Jamaica (JAM)1001
 Kyrgyzstan (KGZ)1001
44 South Africa (RSA)0505
45 Great Britain (GBR)0369
46 Malaysia (MAS)0347
47 Algeria (ALG)0325
 Mongolia (MGL)0325
49 Cyprus (CYP)0202
50 Latvia (LAT)0123
51 Bahamas (BAH)0112
 Slovakia (SVK)0112
 Sweden (SWE)0112
54 Argentina (ARG)0101
 Burkina Faso (BUR)0101
 Estonia (EST)0101
 India (IND)0101
 Philippines (PHI)0101
 Spain (ESP)0101
60 Croatia (CRO)0033
 Indonesia (INA)0033
 Norway (NOR)0033
63 Belgium (BEL)0011
 Jordan (JOR)0011
 Moldova (MDA)0011
 New Zealand (NZL)0011
Totals (66 entries)277275347899

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Formally known as the Republic of China
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  15. ^ "Finally rectified sorted out. Overaction and misunderstanding cleared". @pennykabs, Twitter. 14 August 2017.
  16. ^ "It is official team Uganda is on the way to the 29th Universiade". @pennykabs, Twitter. 16 August 2017.
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  23. ^ 【有片】世大運閉幕式 阿根廷代表團披我國旗進場被FISU發函警告 | 即時新聞 | 20170901 | 蘋果日報. Apple Daily (in Traditional Chinese). Retrieved 8 September 2017.
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  25. ^ "Medal count – 2017 Summer Universiade medal standings". 2017 Summer Universiade Organizing Committee. Archived from the original on 1 August 2019. Retrieved 22 August 2017.

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