TURIN, Italy, Jan. 16 (Xinhua) -- The southern Chinese city Shenzhen won
Tuesday the right to host the 2011 XXVI World University Games, the
International University Sports Federation (FISU) announced here.
Shenzhen beat the other four candidates - Kaohsiung of Chinese Taipei, Poznan
of Poland, Kazan of Russia and Murcia of Spain, during an executive meeting of
the FISU at the Teatro Regio in Turin.
Xu Zongheng, major of Shenzhen and head of China's delegation, cried with joy
after FISU President George Killian announced the result.
"To host the 2011 World Universiade is the wish of every single Shenzhen
citizen. The whole city is waiting for the result even it' s midnight (2:00p.m.
on Jan. 17, Beijing time) back in China," Xu said.
Shenzhen's local television broadcasted live the meeting when Killian
announced the result.
"The Universiade will push the development of Shenzhen. I'm very excited
about the result," Xu added.
Shenzhen was not the favorite as several world top level competitions will be
hosted in China for the next a few years.
The women's soccer World Cup will be played in China and Beijing will host
the 2008 Olympic Games.
Harbin in northeast China will stage the next version of the World Winter
Universiade in 2009 and the Asian Games will be competed in Guangzhou in
"I don't know how many votes Shenzhen won during the poll, but the result is
the wish of the 22 executive members of FISU," said Killian.
"Shenzhen is a new city of only 26 years old. They have done fantastic work
and have a good plan. We have faith to them (to have a successful Games),"