The Taichung City Government formed a committee yesterday to promote its bid to host the 2017 East Asian Games — a multisport event held every four years.
Taichung Mayor Jason Hu (胡志強) said the city would do its best to win the right to host the event and he hoped the city’s efforts would help boost the spirits of people nationwide.
The city emerged as the nation’s representative to compete for the games after reportedly beating out Greater Kaohsiung, Taipei City, New Taipei City (新北市) and Taoyuan County in mid-January.
Hu expected Ulan Bator, Mongolia, and Jeju City, South Korea, to provide the stiffest competition, before the host city is decided by the East Asian Games Association in May or June.
If Taichung is selected, Hu said, the city or even the entire nation could undergo a transformation and it would have a positive effect on the future development of sports in the greater Taichung area.
The focus of the city’s bid is to promote environmental awareness through the themes of energy conservation and carbon reduction, Hu said.
Of the nine members in the association, China, South Korea, Japan, Hong Kong and Macau have already hosted the games, and Tianjin, China, will host the sixth East Asian Games scheduled for October 2013.
The members who have yet to host the event are Taiwan, Mongolia, North Korea and Guam.
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