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Major sing-off kicks off at 'ChoirOlympics' in Sochi

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SOCHI, Russia - Chorists from various countries are belting out their best tunes at the WorldChoirGames in the southern Black Sea resort of Sochi, competing in the biennial event dubbed the "Olympics of choral music".

This year's games, the ninth edition of an internationalchoirfestival which first began in 2000, kicked off on Wednesday with the ringing of a huge bell and participants showcasing their vocal talent in a colorful spectacle.

The festival, which invites amateurchoirs from around the world to take part, runs until July 16.

(Reporting By Reuters Television)

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