‘ASTONISHED’:Farglory’s representative, Shih Yi-fang, announced her resignation just before the start of the first round of arbitration talks with the city government
Date: Jun 23, 2015
By: Abraham Gerber / Staff reporter
The 2017 Universiade’s opening and closing ceremonies will not be held at the Taipei Dome — as
originally planned — but will instead be moved to the Taipei Municipal Stadium, Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) said yesterday.
“If you take into account the time needed to prepare the interior, it cannot be guaranteed that the Taipei Dome project will be completed on time,” Ko said, adding that it would be easier to conduct city business if the Taipei Dome and the Universiade were “disconnected.”
The ceremonies were originally scheduled to be held in the Taipei Dome, but construction has fallen behind schedule amid conflict between the city government and contractor Farglory Group (遠雄集團) over safety and contract terms.
Ko said the stadium had already been used for the 2009 Summer Deaflympics, adding that its smaller seating capacity was the only drawback. [FULL STORY]