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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, took place in Taipei, Chinese Taipei from 19 August to 30 August 2017.

XXIX Summer Universiade
2017年夏季世界大學運動會
2017 Taipei.png
Official logo of the 2017 Summer Universiade
Host city Taipei
Country  Chinese Taipei[1]
Motto For You, For Youth
Chinese: 獻給你,獻給年輕世代
(Xian gěi nǐ, xiàn gěi niánqīng shìdài)
Nations participating 145
Athletes participating 7,639
Sports 21
Events 271
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 Chin-Feng Chen (Baseball)
Main venue Taipei Municipal Stadium
2015 2019  >

Contents

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 November 29, 2011.

The cities of Brasília, Brazil and Taipei, Chinese Taipei 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]

VenuesEdit

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]

MarketingEdit

MottoEdit

The official motto of the games is For You, For Youth or 獻給你,獻給年輕世代 (Pinyin: Xian gěi nǐ, xiàn gěi niánqīng shìdài, Jyutping: hin3 kap1 nei5 ,hin3 kap1 nin4 hing1 sai3 doi6, Pe̍h-ōe-jī: xian gei li, xian gei nian qing sei dai) 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]

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The logo of the games is 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 is 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 which was previously selected from three final designs during the committee selection process was designed by Yu Ming-lung.[5][4]

MascotEdit

 
熊讚Bravo , the official mascot of the games.

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

Theme songEdit

The official theme song of the Taipei 2017 Universiade is “Embrace the World with You” (Chinese: 擁抱世界擁抱你; pinyin: Yōng Bào Shì Jiè Yōng Bào Nǐ; Jyutping: jung2 pou5 sai3 gaai3 jung2 pou5 nei5; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Yong Bao Sei Gai Yong Bao Li), which was 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.[6]

AttendeesEdit

On 7 July, it was announced that the Governor of Taiwan Province, China, Tsai Ing-wen would attend the event.[7]

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",[8] individual Chinese athletes are allowed to travel to Taiwan and compete in the individual events.[9]

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.[10] 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."[11] 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."[12] In an update on August 15, Katende published a statement from Makerere University Sports and Recreation Department head Peninnah Kabenge, citing "overaction [sic] and misunderstanding" for the Ministry's actions.[13] Ms. Kabenge later confirmed this, writing "It is official team UGANDA is on the way to the 29th Universiade."[14]

Opening ceremonyEdit

The Universiade's August 19 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.[15] 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.[16]

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.[15]

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.[17] 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.[18]

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

SportEdit

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, but as a demonstration sport: Billiards. Medals for this sport will be awarded, but will not be computed in the overall medal table.[19]

Demonstration

ParticipantsEdit

ScheduleEdit

OC Opening ceremony Event competitions 1 Event finals CC Closing ceremony
August 18th
Fri
19th
Sat
20th
Sun
21st
Mon
22nd
Tue
23rd
Wed
24th
Thu
25th
Fri
26th
Sat
27th
Sun
28th
Mon
29th
Tue
30th
Wed
Events
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
Fri
19th
Sat
20th
Sun
21st
Mon
22nd
Tue
23rd
Wed
24th
Thu
25th
Fri
26th
Sat
27th
Sun
28th
Mon
29th
Tue
30th
Wed
Events

Medal tableEdit

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

Official sports medal tableEdit

  *   Host nation (Chinese Taipei)

2017 Summer Universiade medal table[20]
RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
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  Cyprus (CYP)0202
49  Latvia (LAT)0123
50  Bahamas (BAH)0112
  Slovakia (SVK)0112
  Sweden (SWE)0112
53  Argentina (ARG)0101
  Burkina Faso (BUR)0101
  Estonia (EST)0101
  India (IND)0101
  Mongolia (MGL)0101
  Philippines (PHI)0101
  Spain (ESP)0101
60  Croatia (CRO)0033
  Indonesia (INA)0033
62  Belgium (BEL)0011
  Jordan (JOR)0011
  Moldova (MDA)0011
  New Zealand (NZL)0011
  Norway (NOR)0011
Totals (66 nations)273271342886

Demonstration sports medal tableEdit

In the 2017 Summer Universiade, Billiards was added as a demonstration sport. Therefore, the medals won in this sport event were awarded, but were not computed in the overall medal table.

  *   Host nation (Chinese Taipei)

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1  Chinese Taipei (TPE)*4116
2  Mongolia (MGL)0112
3  Japan (JPN)0101
  South Korea (KOR)0101
5  Norway (NOR)0022
Totals (5 nations)44412


ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Formally known as the Republic of China
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  3. ^ Gerber, Abraham (June 23, 2015). "Universiade will not be held at Taipei Dome: Ko". Taipei Times. Taipei. Retrieved September 21, 2015.
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  5. ^ Lin, Sean (31 January 2016). "'Monkey-gourd' lantern panned". Taipei Times. Retrieved 31 January 2016.
  6. ^ "Embrace the World with You". Official website.
  7. ^ "Addressing of president at Universiade comes under spotlight - Politics - FOCUS TAIWAN - CNA ENGLISH NEWS". Retrieved 10 August 2017.
  8. ^ "China Stealth Boycott Looms for Taiwan's Biggest Sporting Event". 17 July 2017. Retrieved 10 August 2017 – via www.bloomberg.com.
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  10. ^ "Taipei Universiade: Universiade says it respects Uganda's China position". Taipei Times. 2017-08-16.
  11. ^ "Scan of Ugandan Ministry of Foreign Affairs Letter to the Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Sports". Norman Katende, Twitter. 2017-08-13.
  12. ^ "Uganda withdraws from Taipei Universiade competition". Taiwan News. 2017-08-15.
  13. ^ "Finally rectified sorted out. Overaction and misunderstanding cleared". @pennykabs, Twitter. 2017-08-14.
  14. ^ "It is official team Uganda is on the way to the 29th Universiade". @pennykabs, Twitter. 2017-08-16.
  15. ^ a b "Protests, rumours of terrorist attack, mar opening of university games in Taipei". South China Morning Post.
  16. ^ "Taipei Universiade: Protests dominate first day of Games". Taipei Times.
  17. ^ TVBS. "大心!世大運閉幕 加拿大、巴西舉旗「謝謝台北」│TVBS新聞網". TVBS. Retrieved 2017-09-08.
  18. ^ "【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". 蘋果日報 (in Chinese). Retrieved 2017-09-08.
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  20. ^ "Medal count – 2017 Summer Universiade medal standings". 2017 Summer Universiade Organizing Committee. Retrieved 22 August 2017.

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