2017 Summer Universiade
|Motto||For You, For Youth|
(Xian gěi nǐ, xiàn gěi niánqīng shìdài)
|Opening ceremony||19 August|
|Closing ceremony||30 August|
|Officially opened by||President Tsai Ing-wen|
|Athlete's Oath||Tsung-Hsuau Wu (Volleyball)|
Chang Kai-chen (Tennis)
|Judge's Oath||Shiu Geng-hau (Volleyball)|
Lan Mei-fen (Football)
|Torch lighter||Chen Chin-Feng (Baseball)|
|Main venue||Taipei Municipal Stadium|
The 2017 Summer Universiade (Chinese: 2017年夏季世界大學運動會; pinyin: 2017 Nián Xiàjì Shìjiè Dàxué Yùndònghuì), the XXIX Summer Universiade, commonly known as the Taipei 2017 Universiade, was an international multi-sport event that took place in Taipei, Taiwan from 19 to 30 August 2017.
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.
- Army Academy R.O.C. Gymnasium (Volleyball)
- Chang Gung University Stadium (Football)
- Chinese Culture University Gymnasium (Volleyball)
- Expo Dome (Billiards)
- Fu Jen Catholic University Stadium (Football)
- Hsinchu County Gymnasium (Judo, Wushu)
- Hsinchu County Natatorium (Water Polo)
- Hsinchu County Second Stadium (Football)
- Hsinchu Municipal Gymnasium (Basketball)
- National Taiwan Normal University Main Campus Gymnasium (Volleyball)
- National Taiwan Sport University Stadium (Archery, Swimming, Water Polo)
- National Taiwan University Sports Center (Volleyball)
- National Tsing Hua University Gymnasium (Volleyball)
- New Taipei City Breeze Canal (open water swimming)
- New Taipei City Xinzhuang Gymnasium 1F (Table Tennis)
- New Taipei City Xinzhuang Stadium (Football)
- Ren'ai Road, Taipei City (Roller Sports marathons)
- Sunrise Golf and Country Club (Golf)
- Taipei Arena (Basketball)
- Taipei Gymnasium (Badminton)
- Taipei Heping Basketball Gymnasium (Basketball)
- Taipei Municipal Stadium (Athletics, ceremonies)
- Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center (Fencing, Gymnastics)
- Taipei Songshan Sports Center (Water Polo)
- Taipei Tennis Center (Tennis)
- Tamkang University Shao-Mo Memorial Gymnasium 7F (Weightlifting)
- Taoyuan Arena (Taekwondo)
- Tianmu Baseball Stadium (Baseball)
- University of Taipei (Tianmu) Gymnasium (Basketball)
- University of Taipei (Tianmu) Shih-hsin Hall B1 Diving Pool (Diving)
- Xinzhuang Baseball Stadium (Baseball)
- Yingfeng Riverside Park Roller Sports Rink (A) (Roller Sports)
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.
The official motto of the games was For You, For Youth or 獻給你，獻給年輕世代 (Pinyin: Xian gěi nǐ, xiàn gěi niánqīng shìdài, in Chinese. It was adopted to represent the assembly of university athletes from around the world to compete and pursue for dreams and victory.
The logo of the games was an image of the Chinese character "Bei" (北), which means North, and is the abbreviation of the host city of the 2017 Summer Universiade, Taipei. 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.
The mascot of the games was Bravo the Bear (Chinese: 熊讚), 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. The Mandarin name of the mascot, 熊讚 (Pinyin : Xióng Zàn), sounds like the word 'brilliant' in the Taiwanese Min-nan language. The mascot was designed by Yu Ming-lung.
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 Utjung Tjakivalid and sung by I-WANT星勢力. The theme song was produced by techno producer Howie B and Taiwanese music producer Ada Su.
While China officially announced it would not be sending teams to participate in team events, in what has been referred to as a "stealth boycott", individual Chinese athletes are allowed to travel to Taiwan and compete in the individual events.[dead link]
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. 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." 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." 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. Ms. Kabenge later confirmed this, writing "It is official team UGANDA is on the way to the 29th Universiade."
The Universiade's 19 August opening ceremonies were marred 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. Several groups and organizations that included opponents to the pension reform that was carried out in June also staged protests outside of the Taipei Municipal Stadium which in turn affected the opening ceremony.
It was known before the event that athletes from China would not take part in the opening ceremony for political reasons. However, protests on domestic issues near the stadium caused security concerns that prevented all athletes after Canada from entering the stadium as scheduled. Only flagbearers carried the flags into the stadium, while the athletes waited outside. Eventually, all athletes were allowed into the stadium, with the host country's team conventionally coming last.
President Tsai Ing-wen officially announces the opening of the Taipei 2017 Summer Universiade.
Chinese Taipei athletes in the Opening Ceremony.
Chen Chin-Feng on 2017 Summer Universiade, lighting the flame.
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. 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.
Canadian athletes in the closing ceremony with a banner that says "Thank you, Taipei" in Chinese.
The Organizing Committee, in addition to the 14 compulsory sports, opted to add eight more sports in the program of this edition of the Games: Archery, Badminton, Baseball, Golf, Taekwondo and Weightlifting. They have been present in some previous editions of the Games. Roller Skating and Wushu, which have recently been recognized as University sports by FISU will be part of the program for the first time. This would also be the first edition in which the number of optional sports would return to 3; similar to the format that was used until 2003. Four additional sports were added to the program, reflecting local traditions and demands, making a total of 7 sports. In addition an eighth sport was added later: Billiards.
|Participating National Olympic Committees|
Medal TableHost nation (Chinese Taipei)