Sunday 25 September 2016

Rio Olympics ticket sales hit 67%

Published 20/05/2016 | 19:21

A journalist shows the Olympic ticket she won during a news conference where the design of Games tickets was unveiled (AP)
A journalist shows the Olympic ticket she won during a news conference where the design of Games tickets was unveiled (AP)

Organisers of this summer's Rio Olympics have said 67% of available tickets have been sold.

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Ticket director Donovan Ferretti also unveiled the ticket designs on Friday, saying new technology will make them difficult to counterfeit. Even so, he said special police units will be looking out for fakes

Mr Ferretti said sales for the Games, still two-and-a-half months away, are "going well", though others have characterised ticket sales as sluggish with Brazil mired in its worst recession since the 1930s. Unemployment has reached 10%, as has the yearly rate of inflation.

But Mr Ferretti said: "Here in Brazil we have the culture to buy the tickets very close to the event. We've sold more than expected at this point. In Brazil, we're going to sell many more tickets a month ahead, or four or five days' before the event."

He also said sales outside Brazil are on track, although he could not give specific numbers.

"We are still receiving a lot of demand from other territories, and when possible we are giving them more tickets," he said.

Organisers announced several years ago that about 7.5 million tickets would be available for the Games. That number has dwindled to six million, with four million of those already sold.

Mr Ferretti said the eventual number available would be between 6.6-6.7 million as the capacity of venues for swimming, rowing and canoeing have been reduced.

"We can only release the tickets if we can guarantee the seats are going to be there," he said.

Of the two million unsold tickets, about 800,000 are for football, Brazil's favourite sport.

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