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Sports stadium transforms into swimming pool


· 每日跟讀單元 Daily English

With only 92 days to go before the opening ceremony of the 2017 Taipei Universiade, the Taipei City government on May 17 worked some magic in the National Taiwan Sport University multipurpose gymnasium, having transformed the gymnasium ordinarily used for competitive ball sports into a swimming pool.


Before, when holding major sports tournaments, most host nations would build a new venue. Here, Taipei has spent NT$178 million making a “movable” swimming pool in the gymnasium, and this will be made available to Taoyuan after the Universiade ends.


The swimming pool was made out of 150 high caliber galvanized steel plates covered in a waterproof PVC coating and secured with steel cables. After the pool is filled with water, the size can be changed so it meets international competition standards. The assembly took 60 days to complete, and has passed Federation Internationale de Natation (FINA, International Swimming Federation) and Federation Internationale du Sport Universitaire (FISU, International University Sports Federation) authentication.


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