By Duncan Mackay

Tapei 2017 Organising CommitteeJanuary 31 - Taiwan has officially set-up a Preparatory Committee for the 2017 Universiade, which is being held in the capital Taipei.

Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin claimed it marked an important milestone for the island, who were awarded the Games in November 2011. 

The launch of the Commitee was attended by several leading Taiwanese sports officials, including Chinese Taipei Basketball Association chief Ting Shou-chung.

The 2017 Summer Universiade will be the biggest sports event to be held in Taiwan, Hau said.

The Committee will serve as the Taipei City Government's liaison with the Brussels-based International University Sports Federation (FISU).

Hau has been named chairman of the Committee, which consists of central Government officials, county and city chiefs, heads of the Chinese Taipei University Sports Federation, as well as various experts.

The 2017 Summer Universiade is due to be held over the course of 12 days, and will feature more than12,000 athletes and team members from 160 countries.

The event will feature 17 sports, including swimming, diving, basketball, fencing, football, judo, table tennis, tennis and volleyball, and will be held in venues across Taipei, Keelung, New Taipei, Taoyuan, Hsinchu.

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