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Remarks by Mayor Ko at Gwangju Universiade Closing Ceremony

On 14 July, Mayor Wen-je Ko attended the Gwangju Universiade closing ceremony dressed in a light-blue suit and gave a speech in English. He said that what moved him most was to see the athletes’ perseverance and determination and their spirit that transcended both triumph and defeat. Mayor Ko promised that over the following two years Taipei would sparing no effort to prepare for the 2017 Summer Universiade in Taipei. He also invited everyone to participate in this event and to experience the diversity of Taiwanese culture.
What follows is a transcript of the speech given by Mayor Ko
President Park, Mayor Yoon Jang-hyun, Mr. Gallien, athletes, honorable guests, and audiences in every corner of the world. Good evening.
First of all, I would like to express my most sincere congratulations to Mayor Yoon for making this year’s Summer Universiade such a great success. You’ve demonstrated what excellence is all about. I would also like to extend my gratitude to the organizing committee of the event for your warm welcome, hospitality and friendship.
I’m Wen-je Ko, Mayor of Taipei City. I’m here to receive the Universiade flag on behalf of Taipei.
At this Universiade, I saw first-hand all the athletes giving their best and fighting to the last minute of each game. This relentless pursuit of excellence, and most of all, good sportsmanship –whether win or lose, impressed and moved everyone. A big thank-you to all the athletes. In our eyes, you are all winners!
Taipei City is honored to host the next Summer Universiade. We will build on the success of Gwangju Universiade as we welcome college athletes from all over the world to make new records in Taipei in 2017.
Like Gwangju, Taipei is a city that loves sports. It is also a city of gourmet, technology, and culture and creativity. In the following two years, Taipei is going to host the 2016 World Design Capital and the 2017 Summer Universiade. Yes, we are ready. Please take these opportunities to be our guests, come to Taipei and experience the rich and diverse cultures we have.
Welcome to the 2017 Summer Universiade in Taipei! Thank you!