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!