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Shenzhen to host 2011 World Universiade (photos attached)
From:Xinhuanet Updated:2007-01-17

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Shenzhen to host 2011 World Universiade
Shenzhen Mayor Xu Zongheng (right) makes a statement at the bidding ceremony for the 26th world Universiade in Turin, Italy January 16, 2006. On the left is Yi Jianlian, a member of the Chinese men's basketball team and an NBA hopeful. Shenzhen won the right to the games in 2011. [Xinhua]

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 2010.

"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)," Killian added.


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