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World Championship in Athletics Kicked Off in Daegu
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According to Yonhap News,    

<Opening ceremony of the 13th IAAF World Championships>

   Daegu marked the official start of the 13th IAAF World Championships with a lavish opening ceremony on August 27 at the Daegu Stadium.

   In attendance were 44,000 people including President Lee Myung-bak, IAAF President Lamie Diack, President Jacque Rogge of the International Olympic Committee, athletes from 202 countries and Daegu citizens.

   Various events were shown to welcome athletes from around the world.

   The 75-minute ceremony was comprised of five parts: “Moeum” (Gathering), “Dadeum” (Preparing), “Kkaeum” (Awakening), “Dotum” (Sprint), and “Tteuium” (Dreams Come True).

   The appearance of the official mascot Sarbi signaled the start of the ceremony. In Moeum, Sarbi run with marathoner Lee Bong-ju, greeting to athletics fan around the world.
   Performers of "dadeumi," or Korean wooden pounding sticks, beat cloth-covered stone blocks. Then a dance troupe named "Welcoming Wind" entered the stadium to set the tone for the opening ceremony.

   In a large electronic display board, calligraphic sketches of artist Suk Chang-woo showed dynamic performance of athletes.

   In a welcoming speech, Daegu Mayor Kim Bum-il, a co-chair of the organizing committee, said that Daegu renovated tracks, electronic display boards and acoustics in the Daegu stadium for the Championships. He asked athletes to deliver their best performance and athletics fans to enjoy the festivities with one heart.

   Following Diack’s speech, President Lee then declared the opening of the world championships.

   President Lee said that this year's theme of the World Championships is dream, passion and challenge. He praised the indomitable spirit of all athletes.

   The ceremony culminated with the playing of a commemorative video for the late former marathoner Sohn Kee-chung. He was a Korean native who won the 1936 Olympic marathon gold medal while representing Japan during Japanese colonial rule. World great soprano Sumi Jo sang to uplift the spectators’ hearts.

   At the end, Korea’s long-time favorite singer In Soon-i and Huh Gak, the winner of Korean popular television singing contest program “Super Star K2”, sang the theme song “Let’s Go Together” under the splendid firework.

   The championship will run through September 4th.

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Source: Yonhap News(August 27, 2011)
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