Mayor Reports on Universiade Preparations, Security Policy at City Council
On Mayor 15, Mayor Ko Wen-je delivered a report on the City’s preparations for the Summer Universiade and security policy at Taipei City Council.According to Ko, a total of 152 countries have completed required procedures to participate in the Universiade – the largest ever international sports event to be held in Taiwan. He noted that the City has mobilized all available resources to host the games, ranging from the planning of opening and closing ceremonies, construction of stadiums and athletes’ village, coverage of games, medical services, sponsorship, transportation, accommodation, logistics, cityscape beautification, marketing campaigns, to cultural exchanges.The City’s efficiency in preparing venues and facilities for the event has also been openly lauded by Marc Vandenplas, Summer Universiade Director of International University Sports Federation (FISU).Concerning Taipei’s security policy, Ko pointed out that recent large scale events or assemblies—for example the countdown party, lantern festival, and laborer protests--have been organized in accordance with the City’s “Standard Operating Procedures for Holding Assemblies or Parades” and “Taipei City Safety Management Plan for Major Gatherings” promulgated in 2015 and 2016, respectively.The city government will work to improve intelligence gathering and surveillance capabilities, enhance police deployment, and cooperate with National Security Bureau as well as the international intelligence network to strengthen anti-terror response mechanism in the event of mass gatherings, the mayor remarked. Regarding Universiade-related questions raised in the interpellation session, Ko noted that spectators are allowed to wave flags during games as long as they abide by rules. The City will announce its campaign to promote the sports event in a press conference on June 13.