Delegates from Shenzhen cheer and celebrate after it wasgrantedthe center host the 2011 Universiade in Turin, Italy January16,2006. The 26th summer Universiade will be held in Shenzhen,abooming city in south China and a pioneer of Chinasreformpolicies. [Xinhua]
The southern Chinese city Shenzhen won Tuesday the center tohostthe 2011 XXVI World University Games, the InternationalUniversitySports Federation (FISU) announced in Turin.
Shenzhen beat the other four candidates - Kaohsiung ofChineseTaipei, Poznan of Poland, Kazan of Russia and Murcia ofSpain,during an executive meeting of the FISU at the Teatro RegioinTurin.
Xu Zongheng, major of Shenzhen and head of Chinasdelegation,cried with joy after FISU President George Killianannounced theresult.
To host the 2011 World Universiade is the wish ofShenzhencitizen. The whole city is waiting for the result even itsmidnight (2:00p.m. on Jan. 17, Beijing time) back in China,Xusaid.
Shenzhens local television broadcasted live the meetingwhenKillian announced the result.
The Universiade will push the development of Shenzhen. Imveryexcited about the result, Xu added.
Shenzhen was not the favorite as several world toplevelcompetitions will be hosted in China for the next a fewyears.
The womens soccer World Cup will be played in China andBeijingwill host the 2008 Olympic Games.
Harbin in northeast China will stage the next version of theWorldWinter Universiade in 2009 and the Asian Games will becompeted inGuangzhou in 2010.
I dont know how many votes Shenzhen won during the poll, buttheresult is the wish of the 22 executive mrs of FISU,saidKillian.
Shenzhen is a new city of only 26 years old. They havedonefantastic work and have a good plan. We have faith to them (tohavea successful Games), Killian added.
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