Cast of thousands in sports extravaganza

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 02 October, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 02 October, 2007, 12:00am

Meanwhile, in the other SAR . . .

More than 2,000 students will perform at the opening ceremony of the Macau 2007, 2nd Asian Indoor Games, to be held later this month.

The opening ceremony will be held at the Macau Dome on October 26, before a crowd of more than 15,000 people.

Athletes from 45 countries and regions will be competing. Sports will range from indoor track and field to skating and electronic gaming.

While details of the opening extravaganza are being kept under wraps, what is known is that more than 5,000 people will be involved, including professional performers.

Some 9,000 costumes have been created for the occasion, with 656,000 lamp sticks attached. The stage will be

15 storeys high and lit by 8,208 fireworks. Hong Kong pop singer Joey Yung and Taiwan pop band Fahrenheit will perform on the big night.

Games chairman Manuel Silverio said the opening ceremony was a huge undertaking and would outshine the launch ceremony of last year's Lusofonia Games and the East Asian Games.

'I have no doubt it will be spectacular,' Mr Silverio said. 'Everyone is working hard to make it a success. Having so many schoolchildren involved is great for the games, as the sports are really aimed at the younger people.'

The Scout Association of Macau is one of the volunteer organisations involved. Deputy commissioner Linda Chou said the games were a great community event for Macau.

'It's good for the children and citizens in general to have an international event like this here in Macau,' Ms Chou said.

Schools involved include the Workers' Children High School, Pui Ching Middle School, Kao Yip Middle School, Escola dos Moradores de Macau, Pooi To Middle School, Choi Nong Chi Tai Middle School, and Colegio Mateus Ricci.

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