Universiade Shenzhen 2011 stamps

The Chinese Post has launched a set of stamps dedicated to the 26th Summer Universiade in Shenzhen, China.

Shenzhen will host the Universiade from the 8th of August till the 18th of August. The city beat out four other candidates - Kaohsiung of Chinese Taipei, Poznan of Poland, Kazan of Russia and Murcia of Spain.

The Universiade has 10 compulsory sports, namely track and field, water sports (swimming, diving and water polo), basketball, soccer, fencing, gymnastics, judo, table tennis, tennis and volleyball.

The stamps feature:

- The emblem of the Universiade, "Happy U" consisting of colored dots of varying size. U is rich in meanings. It may stand for "university", "union", "universe" or other words, or be taken as a graphical mark representing bays in the city;
- The mascot for the Shenzhen Summer Universiade. It's a smiling face developed from the Happy U. In the shape of U, the initial letter of "Universiade", it represents a great departure from tradition as important sport meetings tend to use human figures, animals or plants as their mascots;
- The Shenzhen Universiade Sports Center;
- The "Start Here" slogan of the Universiade.

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