Taipei 2017 Closing Ceremony speech, FISU President
Your excellency Mr Chen Chien-jen,
Dear Mayor of Taipei, Mr Ko Wen-je,
Dear spectators and guests,
Dear friends from the world of university sport,
And most importantly, dear athletes,
Because it is you, the athletes, who have been the
stars of these 12 days of competitions.
It is you who have inspired us with your
There have been world records. There have been
performances that would have won world
championships this year. There have been exciting
matches between some of the strongest teams in the
Thank you athletes. Thank you for the passion you
have given to Taipei.
And as the athletes prepare to go home, I know that
they will take a part of Taipei with them. I know this
city and these people [gesture to crowd with
sweeping hands] will have a special place in the
hearts for the years to come.
Dear friends, you may remember that at the opening
ceremony, I said the best things are sometimes worth
waiting for. It is six years since FISU awarded the
hosting of this Universiade to Taipei. And after six
years of hard work, Taipei has given many of these
athletes the best moments of their lives.
At every competition, there have been wonderful
crowds. To the spectators of the last days, to the
volunteers of the last days I must say xie xie
You have been gracious. You have been generous.
You have had a great spirit of fair play.
The athletes who are here now go will go on to be
the leaders of tomorrow, I am sure they will remember
the lessons they have learned here. They will have
learnt from the values of sport and also from your
None of this would have been possible without the
amazing support of our friends at the Taipei
Universiade Organising Committee, from the national
federations and from this wonderful city. Please
accept the sincere gratitude of all of us who work in
university sports. Fei chang Gan xie!
As this chapter closes, another one opens. So to our
friends from Napoli, I must say Avanti! Forza Napoli!
And with that, let me hereby declare the Taipei 2017
Sumer Universiade officially closed. Thank you very