Olympic-style opening ceremony for World Cup 2003

Published: Tuesday, January 14, 2003, 23:18 [IST]
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Durban: There will be an Olympic style opening ceremony at cricket's mega show -- the ICC World Cup 2003 -- which will showcase and celebrate the African continent. Dress rehearsals for the opening ceremony have concluded and everything is now in place for Newlands in Cape Town to host the mega show on February 8. The ceremony would feature six scenes choreographed by stadium theatre expert Doug Jack from the United States, Penny Jones, executive director of the ceremony, said on Tuesday. Jack has worked on the Olympic Games opening ceremonies in Atlanta, Barcelona, Sydney and Salt Lake City (Winter Olympics) and won several Emmy Awards for the television specials produced in association with these ceremonies. "This will be a real stadium theatre production celebrating Africa, South Africa and Cape Town," Jones said. More than 5,200 volunteers will take part in the showcase ceremony before the opening game involving South Africa and West Indies the next day. Jones said the ceremony would have a distinctly South African flavour. Tickets for the ceremony have been sold out and a final dress rehearsal will take place at Newlands on February 5. Meanwhile, the ICC Cricket World Cup 2003 roadshow will be hitting the streets from next week in a bid to create awareness and excitement among South Africans ahead of the start of the 47-day event. The roadshow will visit nine cities, entertaining crowds at shopping malls and other central venues before winding up its journey in Cape Town on February 7. There will be entertainment galore on board, including music, comedy and appearances by various VIPs including the ICC Cricket World Cup 2003 African Sport Ambassadors.

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