Mayor Visits Turin to Light Universiade Flame
On June 18, Mayor Ko Wen-je embarked on a trip to Turin of Italy to ignite the flame for the 2017 Summer Universiade in Taipei. He will take the opportunity to conduct exchange on city administration with the municipality. The city delegation is slated to return to Taiwan on June 22.The mayor joked that he has ample time to learn how to greet people in Italian during the long flight to the Europe.Taekwondo medalist Chu Mu-yen, who will serve as the torch bearer for the Taipei Universiade, expressed his excitement for playing a role in relaying the torch. He believes he will accomplish the task regardless of the distance.Concerning questions that if all measures have been taken to protect the Universiade venues from the expectedly sustained rainfall during his oversea trip, Ko replied that it provides an opportunity for the organizers to address related issues facing the venues and stadiums. For example, leakage control is required for Taipei Tennis Court. As for reports regarding defects of the soccer field at Fu Jen Catholic University, Chinese Taipei University Sports Federation President Chiang Han-san believes that the problems can be solved and should not be a concern. Ko added that test matches are organized to identify potential problems of the sports venues. Once identified, the organizers will take action accordingly.