Taiwan: Sports-themed train promotes summer university games in Taipei
Children pose for photo at a sports-themed MRT train ahead of Summer Universiade, in Taipei, Taiwan, on Aug 1, 2017. Source: Reuters/Tyrone Siu

The 29th Summer Universiade – an international sporting event for student athletes – kicks off this month at the Taiwanese capital with a “Taipei in Motion” train campaign, reports Reuters.

Taipei’s Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) subway trains are now transformed to look like swimming pools, football and track fields as well as basketball courts.

Commenting on the 3D ripple effect of the “swimming pool” floor, Yuki Chou said: “It’s uncanny”.

“You feel like you’re actually there. So, I really feel like jumping in for a swim.”


Summer Universiade is held every two years in a different city, where student-athletes across the globe compete in 14 compulsory sports and up to three optional sports chosen by the host country.

One student looking for a medal at this Summer Universiade is Nigeria’s rising table tennis player, Tosin Ester Oribamise, second-year student of Human Kinetics and Health Science at Ekiti State University, Ekiti State Nigeria.

Oribamise believes the Universiade will be a statement ground for her, saying: “I feel ready. I believe in taking my chances and this is definitely one of them. I hope to return with a medal – the country’s first at the games in table tennis.”

This year’s 29th installation of the sporting and cultural event will start on Aug 19 until the end of August, featuring sports such as wushu, archery and roller sports.

The winter edition for the 2017 and 2019 editions will take place in Almaty (Kazakhstan) and Krasnoyarsk (Russia) respectively.

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