Taipei has so far recruited 6,000 of the volunteers it needs to organise the Summer Universiade next year ©Taipei 2017

Taipei plans to recruit 18,000 volunteers for the 2017 Summer Universiade which is being staged in Taiwan's capital, it has been announced.

The volunteers will be comprised of 12,000 students and 6,000 non-students, who will be assigned to one of five types of tasks: administration, venue management, culture, reception and service, Taipei City Government said.

So far, more than 7,000 people have registered as volunteers and the Government is urging more people to sign up. 

Taipei were awarded the Universiade in November 2011 by the International University Sports Federation, beating Brazilian capital Brasilia. 

South Korean city Gwangju hosted last year's edition in July. 

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Taipei 2017 is hoping to recruit a total of 18,000 volunteers to help when it stages the Summer Universiade ©Taipei 2017

The Games are due to take place next year from August 19 to August 30.

Nearly 13,000 athletes are expected to take part in the event. 

Registration to become a volunteer is available only on online.

People interested in becoming a Universiade volunteer can click here