Mainland China has not decided whether to send athletes to the upcoming Universiade, or world student games, in Taipei. That was the word from Taipei’s mayor, Ko Wen-je, on Thursday.
There has been speculation that China might pull out of the games owing to the current stalemate in cross-strait relations. Ko said that the Chinese authorities have yet to make up their mind.
Ko said, It is currently uncertain whether [Chinese athletes] will take part in the team games. I think they will take part in individual events, it’s just a matter of how many will come. I have met with Zhang Zhijun, [the head of China’s Taiwan Affairs Office]. He and his peers have yet to decide whether Chinese athletes will attend the opening and closing ceremonies.
The 2017 Universiade opens on August 19 and athletes from over 150 countries will compete.
Meanwhile, ten torch carriers have arrived at the foot of Jade Mountain or Yushan, the highest mountain in Taiwan. On Friday they will carry the torch to the mountain’s peak.
Source: Radio Taiwan International