Taiwan’s vice-president Chen Chien-jen has pledged a successful 2017 Summer Universiade in Taipei after meeting FISU officials ©Office of the President

Taiwan vice-president Chen Chien-jen has promised the country's Government is determined to stage the most successful Summer Universiade in Taipei next year during a meeting with International University Sports Federation (FISU) President Oleg Matytsin and the organisation’s Executive Committee. 

Addressing the delegation at the Presidential Office Building in Taipei, Chen claimed the Central Government will spare no effort to support Taipei City in its preparations for the event scheduled to take place from August 19 to 30.

He described international events such as the Universiade as ones that afford Taiwan the chance to show the world its vitality and willingness to contribute to global society.

"Sports and sportsmanship are key pillars in our education policy," Chen, was reported as saying by Taiwan Today

"By hosting the Games, we aim to further inspire the Taiwanese passion for sports."

The FISU Executive Committee were in Taipei to hold two days of meetings, with the ongoing preparations for both the 2017 Summer Universiade and the 2017 Winter Universiade, due to be held in Almaty from January 29 to February 8, the focus of the discussions.

It concluded that both Organising Committees are on track to deliver "excellent" events.

"I am very happy with how the past two days have gone," said Matytsin.

"The overall outcome is the complete alignment of FISU’s Executive Committee over our course of action as we enter a special year for University sport in 2017.

"It is FISU’s duty to organise and promote University-level sport in a manner which facilitates students becoming leaders of tomorrow.

"In order to ensure university students learn as much as they can from sport, FISU must ensure students enjoy the best possible experiences of sport.

"I am confident that FISU and our partners will provide world class sporting experiences next year, first in winter with Almaty 2017 and then in summer with Taipei 2017."

The FISU Executive Committee were in Taipei to hold two days of meetings ©FISU
The FISU Executive Committee were in Taipei to hold two days of meetings ©FISU

Li-Chiung Su, chief executive of Taipei 2017, stressed last month that venue construction for the event was on track following claims they had fallen behind schedule.

In an interview with the Taipei Times, he insisted they were no delays and that reports of issues with the building progress of facilities due to be used were wrong.

Providing the Executive Committee with an update, Su said: "As we are almost in the final 300 days of countdown to the event, Taipei is in full swing and ready to deliver the competition.

"Together with FISU, let us make the Taipei 2017 Summer Universiade one of the best in history."

A leadership team from the 2017 Winter Universiade also provided a report to the Executive Committee.

"The Winter Universiade 2017 is the biggest multi-sport event ever hosted in Kazakhstan," said Almaty 2017 deputy director Ruslan Assaubayev. 

"So we set an ambitious target to make Almaty 2017 the best in the history of Student Winter Games.

"It is a great honour for all Kazakhstan people to be hosting the Universiade in Almaty and imposes enormous responsibility on all parties involved.

"Huge attention is being paid to the preparation processes, including the personal involvement of the President, Prime Minister, the Government of the Kazakhstan and the Almaty City Mayor."

Assaubayev added that Almaty 2017 is now in its "operational phase", with less than 100 days to go until the event.  

"The construction of three brand new venues - the 12,000-seat Almaty Arena, the 3,000-seat Halyk Arena and the Athletes’ Village for 5,000 athletes - has been finished even earlier than planned, and all to a very high standard," he said. 

"Existing venues are currently being renovated and we see tangible progress every day.

"Working with the city administration, we will provide all Almaty 2017 Winter Universiade participants and spectators with a secure and comfortable stay and a highly engaging cultural programme."

The 2017 Winter Universiade in Almaty is less than 100 days away ©FISU
The 2017 Winter Universiade in Almaty is less than 100 days away ©FISU

The leadership team from the 2019 Winter Universiade in Krasnoyarsk also gave a progress report to the Executive Committee.

"Presenting progress reports to the FISU Executive Committee meeting plays an important role for us," said Maxim Urazov, director general of the Krasnoyarsk 2019 executive directorate.

"It helps to verify if all the objectives are being carried out according to the schedule.

"For us it is important to get a favourable performance assessment from FISU.

"Krasnoyarsk is making steady progress in its preparations for the Universiade.

"Construction of the venues is going according to plan.

"Staff recruitment and training is in progress and ICT (information and communications technology) products are under development.

"The first Winter Universiade test event, the 22nd World Ski Orienteering Championships will be held soon."

The FISU Executive Committee also expressed its satisfaction at the progress reported by Naples 2019, which will see FISU celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Summer Universiade in the country, Italy, that also held the very first edition of the event in Turin in 1959.