Taipei City Mayor, Ko, Wen-je (柯文哲) tried out the new running track at the refurbished Taipei Municipal Stadium, and promptly went face-down after losing his balance this morning, April 7, 2017.
Mayor Ko was inspecting the stadium after renovations were completed March 29, ahead of the 2017 Summer Universiade, which is to be hosted by the city August 19-30. The stadium received International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) certification April 4.
The mayor posed with a mascot before taking part in the 50 meter race. Sprinting from the start, Mayor Ko put his upper body forward and flailed his arms as he tried to regain his balance, finally falling flat onto the surface of the track. After getting a close-up view of the new track surface, he got up and finished the race.
The mayor was unhurt and unfazed by the incident. He laughed it off and said he hadn’t run for a long time and should have warmed up before the race. He said that his lack of injury showed the good quality and flexibility of the track.