August 28, 2014 10:35
The organizing committee of the 2014 Incheon Asian Games unveiled their plan for the opening and closing ceremonies at a press conference in Seoul on Wednesday.
Asia's largest sports event will kick off on Sept. 19 for a 16-day run in the port city of Incheon west of Seoul.
Soprano Jo Su-mi will open the Games with "The Song of the Asiad," dedicated by renowned poet Ko Un, along with a local choir consisting of 919 residents from the host city, symbolizing the event's opening date.
JYJ, the event's promotional ambassador, will sing its official song "Only One," while other K-pop stars like Bag Bang, CNBLUE, EXO, Psy and Sistar add jest to the ceremonies along with Chinese pianist Lang Lang.
Actors Kim Soo-hyun, Jang Dong-gun and Lee Young-ae will also participate.
"We expect to make W15 billion (US$1=W1,015) from opening ceremony ticket sales, W10 billion from closing ceremony ticket sales and another W10 billion from game ticket sales," said Kwon Kyung-sang, secretary-general of the organizing committee. "As for the opening ceremony, 30 percent of the tickets are already gone, with the more reasonable W100,000 tickets sold out."
VIP seats for the opening ceremony cost W1 million, and premium seats W700,000. Other seats in the first, second and third class sections cost W500,000, W250,000 and W100,000, respectively.
Meanwhile, the Korean Olympic Committee announced the final list of 1,068 athletes and officials who will take part in the event. It includes 454 male and 377 female athletes as well as 237 officials, the largest-ever Asian Games delegation. In the 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games 1,010 athlete and officials were delegated.
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