Aug 05, 2016

    20 per cent of Rio Olympics tickets still available


    TICKETS to see Usain Bolt's likely bid for glory in the Olympic 100m final are among more than one million which remain unsold for the Rio de Janeiro Games, a spokesman said on Wednesday.

    With two days to go to Friday's opening ceremony, tickets were still up for grabs for both the 100m and 200m finals, where Jamaican superstar Bolt will try to make history by winning both titles, along with the 4x100m relay, for the third straight Olympics.

    That is a stark contrast with the London Games in 2012, when tickets for the most popular events were sold out several months in advance.

    In all, some 1.2 million tickets - around 20 per cent of the total - are still available in Brazil.

    "We have sold 4.9 million tickets, about 80 per cent" of the total, said a spokesman for the Rio 2016 organising committee.

    The expensive seats have been hardest to sell for South America's first Olympics.

    The cheap tickets to see Bolt are all sold out but last-minute fans can still get in for 380 reals to 1,200 reals (S$158 to S$498).

    The sporting events kicked off on Wednesday with the women's football tournament, as Sweden downed South Africa 1-0 before a sea of empty seats.

    There were 37,000 people in attendance at the 60,000-seat stadium, the spokesman said.

    Sales were better for the next match, when Brazil beat China 3-0.