Wang Leehom will perform at the Taipei 2017 Opening Ceremony ©Getty Images

Wang Leehom has been announced as one of the performers for the Opening Ceremony of the Summer Universiade here on Saturday (August 19). 

The Taipei Stadium is due to welcome around 12,000 people for the showpiece event.

Last month, it was revealed that tickets had sold out for the Ceremony at the multi-purpose venue.

Wang's performance is reportedly set to feature technology and interaction with the audience.

He has been invited to perform as a special guest to start the Ceremony.

The 41-year-old, born in the American state of New York to parents from Taiwan, was an Olympic Torchbearer for Beijing 2008 and performed during the Closing Ceremony.

Wang was also a Torchbearer for London 2012.

"I am really honoured to perform at the Universiade Opening Ceremony and really look forward to promoting Taipei’s soft power to the world through music alongside more than 100 professional performers," Wang said according to Taiwan News.

Wang Leehom was a torchbearer for the London 2012 Olympic Games ©Getty Images
Wang Leehom was a torchbearer for the London 2012 Olympic Games ©Getty Images

Wang, who will be joined on stage by over 400 dancers, began preparing for the performance two months ago and has reportedly spent $33,000 (£25,600/€28,000) on costumes. 

Figures from the organisers have revealed that a total of 7,708 athletes from around the world will feature at Taipei 2017, due to take place between Saturday and 30.

This is fewer than the 2013 edition of the Summer Universiade when 7,880 athletes took part in Kazan in Russia but larger than the 7,432 participants at Gwangju 2015.

Events in the 21 sport being contested at Taipei 2017 are scheduled to held in venues in Taipei, Keelung, New Taipei, Taoyuan and Hsinchu.