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Rock star Freddy Mercury, opera singer Montserrat Caballe and

October 8, 1988

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) _ Rock star Freddy Mercury, opera singer Montserrat Caballe and Spain’s 23- year-old Princess Cristina are among hundreds expected to participate this weekend in the launching of the four-year countdown to the 1992 Summer Olympic Games in Barcelona.

Caballe, Mercury, tenor Jose Carreras and reggae singer Eddie Grant are among those scheduled to perform in a concert late Saturday on a stage specially built on Maria Cristina Avenue at the entrance to Montjuic Hill, the site of the 1992 Summer Games.

At noon on Sunday Princess Cristina will hoist the Olympic flag brought from Seoul by Barcelona Mayor Pascual Maragall on a flagpole on the Moll de la Fusta quay while a giant rubber balloon of ″Cobi,″ the surrealist Olympic dog, will burst out of the Mediterranean in front of the ceremony.

Organizers of the ″Portic,″ as the weekend event is being called in Catalan, the language of the some 6 million inhabitants of the autonomous region of Catalonia, have asked Barcelona residents to dress all in white for the flag-raising ceremony.

Barcelona’s leading daily, La Vanguardia, said Saturday that King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia were expected to occupy the place of honor at the Saturday night show where an enormous clock was to be installed on the stage to begin and maintain the countdown toward the 1992 Games.

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