U2 are set to perform this Saturday at the Opening Ceremony of the
2003 Special Olympics World Summer Games.
The Ceremony, at Croke Park in Dublin, marks the beginning of the largest
sporting event in the world this year, bringing together 7,000 athletes from
160 international delegations who have reached the final of the 2003 World
Also taking part at the event, to be televised live from 7pm on Ireland¹s
RTE NETWORK 2, will be Muhammad Ali, The Corrs, Samantha Mumba, Ronan
Keating and 100 dancers in the biggest ever performance of Riverdance.
The President of Ireland, Mary McAleese, will be among the Guests of
Honour, along with Special Olympics Founder, Eunice Kennedy Shriver and
former South African President Nelson Mandela.
In Saturday¹s ceremony, athletes will play a prominent part - raising the
Special Olympics flag, swearing the Special Olympics Oath, relaying the
torch around the arena and lighting the Flame of Hope.
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