Taipei is getting ready to welcome 7,639 athletes who have registered to compete in the 2017 Taipei Universiade. Registration ended on Friday. The Universiade is the world's top sports competitions for students and is set to take place from August 19 � August 30.
There will be over 131 teams competing in the games, which are the most prestigious sports competitions outside of the Olympics. There were originally 152 teams planning to participate but some decided not to for political, economic and other factors.
Taiwan has the biggest teams with 551 persons, which includes 371 athletes and 180 workers. The second largest team is Russia with 545 persons followed by the US with 540 and Japan with 537.
The head of Taipei's Department of Sports, Tseng Fang-fan spoke about China's team on Monday:
"China's team has 195 persons. They will compete in track and field, fencing, gymnastics, inline skating, swimming, Taekwando, ping pong, weightlifting and martial arts," said Tseng.
The number of athletes coming to Taipei for the games is more than that of the 2011 and 2015 Summer Universiades held in Shenzhen and Gwangju.
Source: Radio Taiwan International
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