Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je is in Turin, Italy, getting ready to help launch the torch relay for this year's Universiade.
Taipei is the host of this year's student games, the second largest multisport event after the Olympics. The games pit the world's top university athletes against one another. The Taipei games will be held from August 18 through 30 and athletes from over 150 countries will compete.
The Universiade's torch-lighting ceremony is always held in Turin, the host of the first Universiade in 1959. Ko took part in a practice run for the torch-lighting ceremony on Monday evening.
Indigenous Taiwanese culture is set to feature prominently in the torch lighting ceremony. Performers will include Golden Melody Award winning Atayal singer Inka Mbing and Paiwan modern dance troupe Tjimur Dance Theatre.
On its way to Taiwan, the torch will stop in Naples, the host city for the next Universiade in 2019. Before arriving in Taiwan on June 29, the relay will also visit 2007 host city Bangkok and 2003 host Daegu. In early July, the torch will be brought to the peak of Jade Mountain, Taiwan's highest point. It will then proceed on a tour of various cities and counties around the island later in the month.
Source: Radio Taiwan International