Sarbi, the official mascot of the IAAF World Championships Daegu 2011, to be held in Daegu from August 27, has embarked on a tour of Seoul to generate public support for the event.
Seoul Metropolitan Government held the “Sarbi Seoul Road Show” in the eastern section of Seoul Plaza at 11 am, April 13. The event was part of a national tour of ten major cities around the country, with Seoul the third city to hold the show after Daegu and Daejeon.
The event consisted of a pre-opening session, which featured a performance of a drum dance collection by Korea Art Percussion, and the Sarbi dance performance by the cheerleaders of the Samsung Lions baseball team. The pre-opening was followed by the official ceremony, including the opening ceremony itself, a pledge of allegiance, the transfer of the inaugural flag and badge for the event, opening remarks, and a tape-cutting to launch the exhibition of Olympic marathon gold medalist Sohn Kee-chung’s helmet. In the afternoon, a long-jump competition and an athletic sports quiz in which members of the public were invited to participate were also held.
Seoul Mayor Oh Se-hoon said, “The IAAF World Championships Daegu 2011, which is a global sports extravaganza, is a national event, and as such requires cooperation with other autonomous governments as well as Daegu Metropolitan City’s commitment to assure the national interest,” adding, “I hope that the Mascot tour will help attract attention from the public, and thus lead to a phenomenally successful Championships.”