A conference has been held in Taiwan’s capital Taipei to mark 500-days-to-go until the city hosts the 2017 Summer Universiade.
The event will be the largest international sports showpiece that Chinese Taipei has ever staged, having beaten Brazilian capital Brasília to be named host in November 2011 by the International University Sports Federation.
Due to take place from August 19 to 30, it 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 and Hsinchu.
Bravo the bear, the official mascot of the 2017 Summer Universiade, used the conference to encourage domestic and international tourists to join the "Bravo mountain hiking team".
He introduced the eight hiking trails in Taipei that will be used as part of the initiative to get people active.
Li-Chiung Su, the chief executive of the 2017 Summer Universiade, said Taiwan's sport venues will be upgraded and improved ahead of the event to meet the international standards.
More than tens of thousands of foreign athletes and coaches are expected to descend on Taipei with the Organising Committee hoping to recruit 12,000 student volunteers and 6,000 adult volunteers.
Hammer thrower Kun-hui Chiu was among the Taiwanese athletes in attendance at the conference, where he shared his experience of participating in the Tokyo 1964 Olympic Torch Relay when it crossed his country.
Joining him were archer Mei-Chian Xiong, who is set to compete at the 2017 Summer Universiade, and roller skaters Hong You and Ben-Che You.