PENGHU, July 16, 2017 - The FISU Universiade torch today began its journey through Chinese Taipei, travelling city to city before it arrives in the capital city of Taipei City for the start of the event on 19 August.
The torch was lit in Torino, Italy on 20 June to commemorate the first ever Universiade and will now complete the domestic part of the route, spelling out the word “LOVE” as it connects 22 cities throughout the country. The torch has already been taken to the summit of Mt Jade, lighting up the highest point of Chinese Taipei.
Speaking as the torch’s city tour began, FISU President Oleg Matytsin said that the event was an important part of uniting Chinese Taipei’s citizens around the spirit of the Universiade.
“As the torch travels throughout Chinese Taipei, it is an opportunity for the country’s residents to be a part of the 2017 Summer Universiade,” he said. “This event is the biggest that Taipei has ever staged, and second only to the Olympic Games in terms of world sport. It is my hope that, through the Torch Relay, residents will feel connected to this great event.”
The torch will now travel through Penghu, Kinmen and Lianjiang before 19 other city stops to complete the tour, with the flame being lit at the Universiade Opening Ceremony.
“I am now looking forward to arriving in Taipei for the finale of the Torch Relay and the beginning of the Universiade,” President Matytsin continued. “FISU has worked incredibly hard with the Taipei Organising Committee. The final preparations are going very well and I am sure this is going to be a wonderful celebration of sport and education.”
Tickets for the Taipei 2017 Summer Universiade are now on sale and can be purchased here: https://tickets.2017.taipei/