Marc Vandenplas praised Taipei 2017's preparations and professionalism ©FISU

The International University Sport Federation (FISU) have expressed confidence in the preparations of Taipei 2017 for the Summer Universiade as they began their Executive Committee meetings prior to the event.

FISU President Oleg Matytsin officially opened the Executive Committee meeting as the Athletes' Village continues to receive delegations in preparation for the multi-sport event.

"I believe everybody will find new ideas," Matytsin told the 28-member Executive Committee.

"I wish you all the best.

"Enjoy the sports and city of Taipei, and being here with your FISU family."

Presentations took place to "display the unity" between FISU and Taipei 2017 officials, prior to the Opening Ceremony of the Universiade on Saturday (August 19).

Officials highlighted several key areas they have attempted to work together with Taipei 2017 on, such as putting final overlays and technical equipment in place at temporary venues during the closing stages of preparations.

FISU Summer Universiade director Marc Vandenplas led the organisation's five-member sports team in delivering an overview of the readiness of Taipei 2017 to stage the event.

Vandenplas has headed a team of technical delegates on the ground since June, seeking to optimise conditions for the Universiade.

He praised the efforts of Taipei 2017 in the build-up to the Universiade and warned that weather conditions could prove the greatest challenge.

The FISU Executive Committee have met prior to the Summer Universiade ©FISU
The FISU Executive Committee have met prior to the Summer Universiade ©FISU

"What we have seen is a great progress and professionalism with all the test events and simulations," he said.

"Weather conditions pose the greatest risk.

"Of course, if we have a typhoon during the Summer Universiade, this will result in some contingency planning.

"Fortunately, we have extensively studied how we would respond to an event like this."

Vandenplas was followed by Li-chiung Su, chief executive of Taipei 2017, who headed the Organising Committee's four-person presentation.

Organisers outlined their highlights of the Taipei 2017 Torch Relay, due to draw to a conclusion at the Opening Ceremony in Taipei Stadium.

The Relay began at the Universiade's birthplace of Turin in Italy before starting on a 22-stage domestic route when it arrived in Taiwan.

Taipei 2017 claim the Universiade will have a lasting legacy with the multi-sport event providing world-class training and competition venues.

The Taipei Tennis Centre, one of two permanent venues built for the Universiade, has been earmarked to host future Association of Tennis Professionals and Women's Tennis Association events in the future.

It is also expected that the Taipei Heping Basketball Gymnasium, the second permanent venue, will be used as an elite level facility in the future for a variety of sports.

Organisers have also stated that they have renovated 53 venues to provide athletes with the best possible standards for the Universiade.