2017 Summer Universiade

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.

XXIX Summer Universiade
Dì shíjiǔ jiè shìjiè dàxuéshēng xiàjì yùndònghuì
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
(Xian gěi nǐ, xiàn gěi niánqīng shìdài)
Nations participating145
Athletes participating7,639
Opening ceremony19 August
Closing ceremony30 August
Officially opened byTaiwan President 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

Bid selectionEdit

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 changesEdit

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 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.[4][5]


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.[4][5]


Bravo the Bear, the official mascot of the games.

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.[4][5] The Mandarin name of the mascot, 熊讚 (Pinyin : Xióng Zàn), sounds like the word 'brilliant' in the Taiwanese Min-nan language.[5] The mascot was designed by Yu Ming-lung.[6]

Theme songEdit

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.[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]

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",[10] individual Chinese athletes are allowed to travel to Taiwan and compete in the individual events.[11][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.[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 ceremonyEdit

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.[17] 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.[18]

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.

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.[17]

Closing ceremonyEdit

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.[19] 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.[20]

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


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.[21]


Participating National Olympic Committees


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 tableEdit

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

Medal TableEdit

  *   Host nation (Chinese Taipei)

2017 Summer Universiade medal table[22]
1  Japan (JPN)372737101
2  South Korea (KOR)30223082
3  Chinese Taipei (TPE)*26343090
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
48  Mongolia (MGL)0213
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 nations)273272345890


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