Taipei to up security checks for Universiade games after Paris attacks

Mayor Ko Wen-je.
PHOTO: Reuters

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- In response to the terror attacks in Paris on Friday that resulted in over 120 dead, Taipei yesterday announced that stringent security measures would be put into place to ensure safety when the city hosts the 2017 Universiade games.

Mayor Ko Wen-je stated that a special identification taskforce would be in operation to prevent disguised terrorists from entering game venues. An estimated 100,000 game participants and spectators will have their identities confirmed. Without going into details, Ko indicated that preparations were being coordinated from the city's police force, as well as the Ministry of the Interior's National Police Agency and the National Security Bureau.

Deputy Commissioner of the city's Department of Sports Ting Juo-ting detailed that identity cards with electronic chips would be distributed also to members of the media, VIPs, government officials, volunteers as well as cleaning employees. Persons entering and exiting venue premises would have to enter security screening.

Countries will be required to submit estimates to the number of participants attending by July of next year, with official attendance applications opening four months before the games begin.

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