Chunghwa Post Co., Taiwan’s official postal service, begins sales of Universiade-themed stamps on Wednesday (Aug. 16), three days before the event opens on Saturday.
The commemorative stamps include an eight-stamp set — four with NT$5 (US$0.16) postage and four with NT$15 — as well as a miniature sheet featuring a NT$25 stamp.
The stamps feature the event mascot, Bravo Bear, taking part in eight sports in which Taiwanese athletes excel–basketball, baseball, table tennis, volleyball, weightlifting, taekwondo, athletics and archery.
Chunghwa Post also issued a stamp folio that contains the commemorative eight-stamp set and the miniature sheet. The stamp folio sells for NT$200 a piece.
The company said the public can buy the stamps at any post office around Taiwan or from the online Postal Stamps Mall.
To promote the stamps, the company invited Bravo Bear, Taiwan Tourism Bureau’s goodwill ambassador “OhBear,” and its own post office mascots to participate in the stamp issuance ceremony held at Taipei City Hall on Wednesday.
The 2017 Summer Universiade, which runs from Aug. 19-30, is the biggest international sports event ever held in Taiwan, drawing over 7,600 athletes from 131 countries to compete in 21 sports.