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Soprano Sumi Jo to perform in opening ceremony of PyeongChang Paralympics

All Headlines 11:27 March 08, 2018

SEOUL, March 8 (Yonhap) -- Grammy Award-winning soprano Sumi Jo will perform in the opening ceremony of the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Paralympics, her agency and organizers said Thursday.

According to SMI Entertainment and the PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Olympic & Paralympic Winter Games (POCOG), she will sing "Here as One," the theme tune of the Paralympics, during the opening ceremony set to open at 8 p.m. Friday at the PyeongChang Olympic Stadium.

The soprano sang "Champions," the title song of the 2002 World Cup that South Korea co-hosted with Japan. The song gained huge popularity in South Korea.

"I hope the world becomes one and healthy people and those with disabilities become one in PyeongChang. Also I hope everyone, young and old, can enjoy and sing along with the song," she was quoted as saying by the agency.

The PyeongChang Paralympic Games will run from Friday to March 18.

Soprano Sumi Jo (R) poses with Lee Hee-beom, president of the organizing committee for the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics, after being named an honorary ambassador for PyeongChang in Seoul on May 22, 2017. (Yonhap)

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