Radio Taiwan International
Taipei mayor Ko Wen-je has urged the public to give a warm welcome to athletes
arriving in the city for the Universiade student games.
Ko said, “Everyone says Taiwan’s most beautiful scenery is its people. So I’m calling not only on Taipei citizens but also residents of the greater Taipei area: when you see foreigners on the street, greet them with our most sincere hospitality and enthusiasm. Taipei has been voted online as one of the friendliest cities in the world. We hope that through the Universiade, we can show the world just that.”
Commenting on slow ticket sales for the games, Ko said events involving local athletes have sold relatively well. He encouraged the local public to also go cheer on visiting teams.
Meanwhile, foreign ministry spokesperson Eleanor Wang confirmed Thursday that Uganda will send a team to the games. The country’s participation was in doubt earlier this week. That was due to political pressure regarding their government’s “one China” principle. [FULL STORY]