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Go!Kaohsiung! /爭取2007世大運一票敗北雖敗猶榮

    Kaohsiung strove for hosting the 2007 Summer Universiade. Lost by only one vote, the city felt honored though defeated.

 Fight for the hosting right with all efforts
 Kaohsiung city had begun on preparation work since last year after it was certain that the city would represent the nation to fight for the right to host the 2007 Universiade. In order to successfully reach the goal of getting the hosting right and gaining diplomatic independence, the City made several persuading plans under the guidance of National Sports Council of Executive Yuan, Ministry of Education, Ministry of foreign Affairs and Chinese Taipei University Sports Federation.
 The meeting of the FISU Executive Committee would be held in Trieste of Italy between January 13 and January 15 of this year and the Committee would decide the time and the hosting city of the 2007 Universiade. The meeting was crucial to those who wanted the right to host the event. Therefore a team formed by Kaohsiung City, the Central Government and Tainan City went to Roma and Trieste to attend the meeting. The team was led by Vice-Mayor of Kaohsiung City Mr. Lin Yung-chien. Ten other members of the team included entrepreneur Mr. Lin Chung-chin from Yi-Kung Construction Co., Ltd., vice-chancellor Mr. Chang Chun-hsiung from I-Shou University, professor Huang Chen-hsing from Yun-Ta Institute of Technology & Commerce, professor Liu Chien-hsiu from National Sun Yat-sen University and staffs from city government.

 Bangkok edged out on the 2nd round
 On January 14, after the four bidding delegations - Chinese Taipei, Thailand, Mexico and Poland presented their candidature, began the voting procedure. The vote was put to a ballot and only the Romanian auditor and the Organizing Committee President of 2007 Summer Universiade knew the result. In the first round of the vote, none of the four bidding cities received more than 50% of the vote and Poznan (Poland) was eliminated as the city received the least vote. Then started the second round. The counting process would be immediately terminated as soon as any of the remaining cities received vote over 50%. The result of the vote would be sealed in an envelope by the auditor and announced by the FISU President at a press conference at 6 o'clock pm.
 The press conference was held at 6 o'clock pm. The FISU President opened the envelope and announced that Bangkok would host the Summer Universiade in 2007. The Thai delegation was all cheers. Kaohsiung delegation congratulated Thai delegation on their success and then left the venue. A few members of the Executive Committee then left the venue to send their regards and expressed their regret about the result.
However, Kaohsiung had fought a beautiful battle and should feel honored, despite the result.

 Improve facilities for next challenge
 In the last few years Kaohsiung had made great effort on promoting sports activities and the result was there for all to see. After the bidding for the 2007 Summer Universiade and the Asia Games both failed, the sporting world, though approved the effort that the city made, felt that the sporting facilities are not yet flawless. The first thing that needs to be done, however, is to set up more world-leveled sporting facilities and venues for international events, and make plans and designs through an international outlook.
 Loosing the bidding by one vote was enough to tell the effort that the city had made. The sporting world in Taiwan has set all its hopes on the city and hope for a better result in the future. It is still worthwhile to compete for the right of hosting international sporting events such as the 2010 Asia Games, the 2011 Universiade and other games, as it takes time to accumulate experiences; and the only way to achieve the goal is by long-term nurture and training. Go! Kaohsiung!


積極申辦各界同心
  高雄市代表我國申辦2007年世界大學運動會,去年起即展開各項先期作業,而為順利爭取主辦權,達成中華民國站起來、走出去之目標,在行政院體委會、教育部、外交部及大專體總指導下,高雄市政府規劃多項遊說計畫。
  今年1月13日至15日於義大利第里亞斯德港(Trieste)舉行的FISU執行委員會,決定2007年世大主辦城市的時間與地點,該會議的召開對爭取主辦權非常重要,因此,高雄市與中央、台南市共同組團參加這次會議。高雄市林永堅副市長擔任團長,成員有民間企業家一功營造林中進董事長、義守大學張春雄副校長、永達技術學院黃振興教授、中山大學劉田修教授及市府同仁等一行11人赴義大利。

 兩度投票曼谷險勝
  一月十四日由中華台北、泰國、墨西哥及波蘭等四個申辦國家之城市作完報告後,即進行投票程序。投票係採不記名投票,且投票結果及得票數僅由羅馬尼亞籍審計長以及FISU夏季世大運主任統計得知,其餘人員均無法獲知。經過第一輪的投票後,四個申辦城市均未過半,於是淘汰得票數最少的Poznan(波蘭);接者進行第二輪投票,在第二輪投票中,產生一個過半數支持的城市時,開票立即結束。勝選城市的名字隨即被審計長密封在信封袋中,在下午六時召開的記者會,由FISU會長公布。
  六時整,記者會正式舉行。FISU會長揭開信封袋,正式宣告2007年夏季世大運由曼谷取得,一時之間,曼谷代表團相當欣喜,我國申辦團則大方恭賀對方後,隨即退出場外。幾個執委對此結果深表遺憾,但是都認為高雄輸得很漂亮,雖敗猶榮。

 改善硬體再接再厲
  高雄市近年在體育運動的推展上不遺餘力,且有目共睹,世大運、2002亞運的爭辦雖一再落敗,體育界人士均給予高度肯定,不過大型或國際標準比賽場地付之闕如,是必需加強之處,且宜以國際化、世界化的著眼點做規畫設計。
  一票敗北,已窺見高雄市的努力,國內體育界對未來除寄與厚望,更希望再接再厲以創佳績。其實未來國際大型運動會賽,如二○一○亞運會、二○一一世大運,及各單項總會競賽都值得再爭取與主辦,因為經驗與實力累積非一蹴即成,唯有賴長時間培育與訓練,只要目標立定,鍥而不捨,最終必然會如願以償。「高雄市.加油!」