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Summer Universiade-an international multi-sport event for university athletes

SUMMER UNIVERSIADE 2017 (WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES)

Date: 19th August 2017-30th August 2017

Venue: Taipei, Taiwan

Description: The International University Sports Federation (FISU) organise the Universiade (World University Games) every two years. The Universiade is the largest multi-sport event in the world apart from the Olympic Games. The most recent games were in 2017: the Winter Universiade held in Almaty, Kazakhstan The Summer Universiade is held in Taipei, Taiwan, between 19–30 August, 2017. 

This year in the 29th edition of Universiade, 11,000 athletes from more than 140 nations in 22 disciplines will participate. The Games will be played at 38 competition venues, which include two newly built stadium-Taipei Tennis Center and Taipei Heping Basketball Gymnasium.

The biggest attraction of the games is the former legendary athlete Carl Lewis who is present as the sprint coach for the United States University team. 

The opening ceremony of the event presented  the story of Taiwan, its past, present and future. The entire programme was divided into three chapters based on the themes of nature, city and technology. However, the opening ceremony was affected by a protest by retired government employees against the ruling government for which many contingent could not reach at the event on time. Indian contingent also missed the opening parade along with some other nations.  

About Poulomi Kundu

PoulomiKundu started her career in 2000 as a freelance journalist in Hindustan Times. Soon after she was selected an intern in Zee News, Kolkata. After her post- graduation in English, Poulomi joined the leading television production house of eastern India, Rainbow Productions. She was a journalist in Khas Khobor, a Bengali news magazine programme in Doordarshan and also headed the post production department of another programme, Khas Kolkata. In 2004, Poulomi moved to Delhi as a creative writer in an advertising agency, Brand Stewards Pvt. Ltd. In 2005, she again shifted her base for a better opportunity and that in Mumbai. There she got the job in Raa Media Pvt Ltd. as an associate director of two programmes for Doordarshan-Yuva and Paisa Vasool. In the meantime, she also wrote features in DNA as a freelancer. Poulomi directs promotional videos, develops scripts for films for Corporate and NGOs. But an ardent sports lover, Poulomi always had an urge to contribute somewhere in the field of sports. Her love for sports started from an early age when she played gully cricket and football for local teams. Academics and professional hazards sometimes took her away from her passion, but it never died in her. She always nurtured the never-ending dream. So she materialized her dream in the form of ‘SPORTSAVOUR’. It is an online sports portal that serves sports with the tagline ‘For the indigenous, unconventional, unknown’.

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