UNIVERSIADE: Foreign athletes praise Taipei’s efforts as host city

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2017/08/30
By Christie Chen, CNA staff reporter

Foreign athletes who participated in the 2017 Taipei Summer Universiade, which concludes Wednesday evening, have given mostly positive reviews to the Taiwanese organizers of the games and have complimented the hospitality of the local staff and volunteers.

American Olympic swimmer Ryan Held, who won three gold medals at this year’s Universiade, was impressed by the enthusiasm of the staff and volunteers at the games.

“They’re incredibly enthusiastic. The very first morning, we went into the dining hall, everyone greeted us with a ‘Hello. Good morning. How are you doing?’ And that was just very different from Rio (the 2016 Olympics) because everyone was just kind of more quiet and wasn’t as vocal to the athletes,” he told CNA in an interview.

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