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Organizers struggling to sell Olympic tickets

Reporter: Celestine Karoney 丨 CCTV.com

08-16-2016 11:16 BJT

Full coverage: 2016 Rio Olympics

The Olympics organizers are still struggling to sell tickets as the stands at many events remain empty. The IOC insists that more than 50 percent of tickets in most sports were sold before the games but attendance tells a different story.

Crowded ticket booths have become a common sight in Rio de Janeiro as the Games continue.
The last minute ticket rush posing a problem for those who are specific about the sports they want to watch.

"We didn't get any ticket for boxing and tennis. He has watched some games came all the way from Mexico but I didn't watch anything?" said ticket buyer.

"Yes there are tickets available but certain events are unavailable but if you want to see some Olympics you go see any event," said ticket buyer.

Those who are unlucky at the booth seek other avenues of purchasing tickets.

"Today the tickets we could get were basketball and volleyball but everything else was difficult. We bought tickets online from someone who was re-selling tickets they bought earlier. But this is more expensive because what was going for 50 Brazilian Reals is now at 106. But we want to watch certain sports what can we do," said ticket buyer.

Smaller venues in comparison to the last Olympics have made some sports sell out faster.

About 7.5 million tickets are expected to be sold at these games 200,000 less from the 2012 edition. More than half of these tickets priced at about 30 dollars or less to allow as many locals afford them.

Organizers here are still faced with questions over empty seats at venues. Before the track and field competition IAAF President Seb Coe had expressed concern over ability to fill up the Olympic stadium.

"No, no to be honest am not confident there'll be good numbers at the stadia but we've been taken through the ticket sales and it looks good so we can only appeal to everyone to come watch? " said Sebastian Coe, IAAF president.

Those concerns have been affirmed with patches of empty seats in the Olympic stadium however with the likes of Usain Bolt in action there's hope that attendance in track and field will improve. 

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