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World Cup opening ceremony gets underway

06-11-2010 20:34 BJT Special Report: World Cup 2010 |

JOHANNESBURG, June 11 (Xinhua) -- The World Cup opening ceremony got underway on Friday at the Soccer City stadium in Johannesburg.

Planes fly above the Soccer City stadium before the opening ceremony in Johannesburg, June 11, 2010. The opening ceremony of the 2010 FIFA football World Cup is held in Johannesburg on June 11, 2010. (Xinhua/Wang Yuguo)
Planes fly above the Soccer City stadium before the opening ceremony in
Johannesburg, June 11, 2010. The opening ceremony of the 2010 FIFA football
World Cup is held in Johannesburg on June 11, 2010. (Xinhua/Wang Yuguo)

South Africa's legendary trumpeter Hugh Masekela and American R-and-B star R Kelly will perform at the event that includes 1,500 performers showcasing music and dance from the six African countries participating in the tournament.

Nobel Peace laureate and former South African President Nelson Mandela has been expected to attend, but he canceled at the last minute following the tragic death of his great-granddaughter in a car crash during the night.

 

Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: Xinhua

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