(Universiade) Universiade to close with ceremony saluting athletes, volunteers
By Yoo Jee-ho
GWANGJU, July 13 (Yonhap) -- The 2015 Summer Universiade will draw to a close in the southwestern part of the country Tuesday with a ceremony saluting the young athletes and those working behind the scenes.
Gwangju, some 330 kilometers south of Seoul, and its neighboring sub-host cities opened the multisport competition on July 3. Some 13,000 athletes and officials from 146 nations have taken part in 21 sports, and host South Korea clinched first place in the medal table with 44 gold medals through Sunday.
The Universiade is open to student-athletes between 17 and 28 years of age.
The closing ceremony has been entitled "Sharing the Light: Youth is the Light of the Future." It will kick off at 7 p.m. at Gwangju Universiade Main Stadium.
The ceremony, less formal and structured than the opening one, will open with a cheerleading performance, and the South Korean rock band Dick Punks will cap off the pre-ceremony show.
After the delegations enter the field, the scoreboard at the stadium will play athletic highlights of the Universiade, along with behind-the-scenes footage of the volunteers helping with the event's operations.
Kim Hwang-sik, co-president of the organizing committee, will give a farewell address, followed by a closing address from Claude Louis-Gallien, president of the International University Sports Federation (FISU).
The Universiade flag will then be handed over to the representative of Chinese Taipei, with the capital of Taiwan hosting the next Summer Universiade in 2017.
The Universiade cauldron will then be extinguished, and K-pop stars SHINee, EXID and Jinusean will highlight the final segment of the ceremony amid fireworks.
"We're hoping to throw a party for the youths from around the world," said Kim Tae-wook, the executive producer of the ceremony. "We'll make sure the people of Gwangju, international participants and everyone involved in the Universiade will carry fond memories of Gwangju in 2015."