On the evening of August 19, President Tsai Ing-wen attended the opening ceremony for the Taipei 2017 Summer Universiade. Besides acting in her capacity as president of the host country to welcome athletes from around the globe, she also watched the entire ceremony and performance program, and declared the formal opening of the Universiade.
After arriving at the Universiade's main venue, President Tsai took in the exciting opening ceremony performances and waved in greeting to the athletes as they entered the stadium. She then stood and watched as the flags of Chinese Taipei and the International University Sports Federation (FISU) were carried in and raised. After remarks by Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲), who served as chairman of the 2017 Universiade Organizing Committee, and by FISU President Oleg Matytsin, Matytsin introduced President Tsai, who declared the games open.
After President Tsai declared in Chinese, "The Taipei 2017 Summer Universiade is formally open," a group of athlete-representatives escorted in and raised the FISU flag. The athlete-representatives and representatives of the referees and judges then swore their respective oaths. Finally, torch-bearers delivered the torch into the stadium and set the Universiade torch alight, formally opening the curtain on the 2017 Universiade.