Shenzhen wasted billions on World University Games, audit finds

Opening and closing events cost 337 million yuan. Photo: Xinhua

Shenzhen lost 12.8 billion yuan (HK$15.7 billion) on the World University Games last year, a review by the city's auditor has found.

Saturday, 29 December, 2012, 5:11am 3 comments

Details emerge in graft investigation into former Shenzhen vice-mayor

Liang was in charge of the preparation and construction work for the World University Games, which were held in Shenzhen last year.

More details about a graft probe into former Shenzhen vice-mayor Liang Daoxing emerged yesterday after party disciplinary authorities in Guangdong formally announced last week that he was under investigation for corruption.

4 Dec 2012 - 4:08am

Shippers face tough controls on cargo

Shenzhen exporters and importers will face tougher restrictions on the movement of cargo starting next week as a result of the World University Games that begin on August 12.

The measures aim to restrict the number of vehicles on Shenzhen roads during the Games.

25 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Expulsions 'vital' to the success of university games

Expelling more than 80,000 migrants deemed security risks from Shenzhen and taking other tough measures ahead of next month's world university games were vital to ensure China would not be embarrassed in front of the world, according to the city's Communist Party boss.

16 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Get set, ready, and . . . go!

Universiade is just around the corner. The multi-sports event for university students, which is held every two years, is scheduled for Shenzhen in August. This gives Hong Kong athletes a geographical advantage. Their friends and relatives can easily visit to watch them compete.

23 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Shenzhen warns workers against rallies during Universiade games

Authorities in Shenzhen have warned workers that any petition or rallies over unpaid wages during a five-month period including the upcoming Universiade games could be regarded as criminal acts.

9 May 2011 - 12:00am

Scepticism in Shenzhen at hosting of student Games

Is Shenzhen ready to embrace the 2011 Universiade, also known as the world university games, next summer?

That's the question on the mind of many of the city's residents, and they haven't necessarily been assuaged by neighbouring Guangzhou's successful hosting of the Asian Games last month.

11 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Funds for sporting white elephants would be better spent on residents

Beijing had its Olympics and Shanghai will have its Expo, so from now on no mainland metropolis feels complete without an extravagant international assemblage.

5 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

Test run gives Harbin high hopes

The determined young skiers and snowboarders of northern China will have the perfect 'dry run' for the anticipated Winter Olympics when Harbin stages the 24th Winter Universiade in 2009.

25 Feb 2006 - 12:00am

An unforgettable sporting experience

The 47 students selected to represent Hong Kong at the Summer Universiade in Turkey can expect an unforgettable experience and a unique opportunity to meet young people from 170 countries.

More than 6,000 student athletes from around the globe will travel to host city Izmir this week to take part in the world's second biggest multi-sport event after the Olympics.

10 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

SAR 'not yet ready to host mega sports events'

HONG KONG still has a long way to go before it can realistically contemplate hosting mega sports events such as the Universiade or Asian Games, according to a sports official.

1 Sep 2003 - 12:00am

Three-way battle for top spot

THE UNIVERSIADE medals table is already taking shape. China, the United States and Russia are expected to tussle for most gold medals, while hosts South Korea should win more than they usually do at a Universiade.

China is the reigning Universiade champion - it was the top performer in Beijing in 2001 with 53 golds. The US was second with 19.

25 Aug 2003 - 12:00am

Local supporters in the dark

Supporters of the Hong Kong team at the Universiade in Daegu, South Korea, are having a hard time following the progress of their favourite athletes since the local Chinese press offers limited coverage of the event.

The World University Games, which begin today and run until August 31, are the student version of the Olympics.

21 Aug 2003 - 12:00am

Unity theme at opening ceremony

THE 'DREAM FOR Unity' theme of the 22nd Universiade will be expressed through dance routines and technology at tomorrow's opening ceremony here in South Korea.

20 Aug 2003 - 12:00am

University athletes set to soar

STUDENT athletes representing Hong Kong at this year's World University Games in Daegu, South Korea, are not only charged up and ready to compete, but also excited at the prospect of meeting counterparts from around the world.

The 83-strong delegation flies out this afternoon, anticipating two weeks of intense competition as well as fun.

19 Aug 2003 - 12:00am