Bangkok 2007 Universiade Right on Track
UBOC considered this meeting as a ‘grand rehearsal' for all committees and concerning parties. Staff and volunteers were assigned to work as if the Universiade was in progress. Actual protocols and procedures such as immigration, reception, accreditation and security services were applied. This is to ensure that each UBOC mechanism will work effectively and impeccably during the Universiade.
To the delight of the Thai, to host the 2007 Universiade is a truly auspicious occasion as it is a chance to celebrate the 80th birthday of His Majesty the King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Additionally, the Thai also take great pride in hosting these Games.
‘As host, we are ready for the 24th Universiade', Minister of Education Professor Dr. Wichit Srisa-An said at a press conference. ‘We had already experienced hosting many major international sporting events which resulted in our best preparation in all aspects such as the competition venues, athletes' village, transportation, protocols as well as the live broadcast of sporting competitions, the main press centre and the international broadcasting centre.
We are ready to give a warm welcome to the athletes, officials and all visitors from the participating universities around the world to visit Thailand in an atmosphere of cordial friendship and smiles.
To host the 24th Universiade will be of great benefit to everyone involved, especially the youngsters who, in a not to distant future, will become important human resources of all nations', the Minister said.
Numbers So Far
Based on the first draft of quantitative entries of 87 countries so far – more than 40 delegations will be added – a general total of 9,241 participants is expected at the 24th Summer Universiade in Bangkok, next August from the 8th to 18th.
The numbers up to now:
3,630 male athletes
2,936 female athletes
6,566 total athletes
9,241 general total
The biggest delegations so far are:
South Africa: 328
9,800 beds will be available on the Thammasat University Campus.
At the press conference FISU President George E. Killian presented softball equipment donated by the International Softball Federation to delegates of the Wat Banmai School in Saraburi and the Ban Koh Sireh School in Phuket, two schools that are financially supported by FISU.