Taipei Turns Metro Train Cars into Sports Venues for Universiade 2017
To celebrate being the host city of the upcoming Universiade 2017 -- the Olympics for international university athletes -- the Taiwanese capital has transformed a six-car train into six different sports venues -- a running track, a soccer pitch, a baseball field, a basketball pitch, a field for throwing sports and a swimming pool. And the eye-popping 3D artworks have inspired a few commuters to dive in. "Many people are still unfamiliar with -- and have never stepped inside -- some of the sports venues, we hope to bring sport closer to their daily life," a spokesperson for the city's Department of Information and Tourism said. "By choosing to revamp a train -- an everyday means of commuting, the public will have the opportunity to participate." The swimming pool car, with a floor that resembles a real water surface, has proved to be the most popular and Instagrammable theme so far. The 29th Summer Universiade kicks off on August 19 and closes on August 30. It's the first time Universiade is held in Taiwan and the game is the biggest sporting event Taiwan has hosted so far.
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