Shenzhen tightens up city security for Universiade

According to the China News Service (CNS), Shenzhen has set up a comprehensive security system to ensure safety during the 26th Summer Universiade. The event opens at the Bay Sports Center today.

A range of high tech equipment has been installed in stadiums and 300 explosives sniffing dogs will be employed according to CNS.

There will be polices at 21 security checkpoints established around Shenzhen 24 hours a day. High tech equipment, such as a real time tracking system of vessels, has been put into use at the harbor to monitor the tracking of ships, and the cabins of all international flights will be checked after their arrival in Shenzhen, CNS reported.

The opening ceremony of the Universiade will emphasize to the universiade itself, while artistic performance will take a secondary role, according to Jiang Haoyang, the chief director of the opening ceremony, the Xinhua News Agency reported.

No celebrities will perform in the one-and-a-half hour event that involves more than 3,000 student actors, accounting for about 90 percent of the performers, Jiang told Xinhua. He added it is an event for students, so they should be the stars of the show.

As part of an effort to promote the environment, there will be no fireworks at the Universiade. Stage design and costumes will also use eco-friendly materials, Guangzhou Daily reported.

According to Jiang, the highlight of the opening ceremony will be the athlete’s parade.

“Athletes from more than 150 countries and regions will walk through the Gate of the World, which is actually a huge LED wall, onto Youth Boulevard and then into the field,” Jiang told Xinhua.

Huang Guoqiang, spokesman of the Universiade, said Thursday a total of 105 events within 24 sports will be held, making it the largest number of events in Universiade history.

However, the games are taking a toll on the day-to-day lives of those in Shenzhen.

“Many express deliveries and goods cannot be delivered because of traffic control during this time,” a Shenzhen resident surnamed Wang told the Global Times Thursday.

Wang Rong, Party chief of Shenzhen, said that five subways will be put into use, and security orders increased to ensure safety, the Shenzhen Economic Daily reported.

Global Times

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