Olympic tickets sales jump after slow start

Olympic tickets sales jump after slow start

Olympic tickets sales jump after slow start

Written by Staff Writer

21 May, 2016 | 6:24 am

The first Olympic ticket was scheduled to be sent out on Friday (May 20), Rio 2016 President Carlos Arthur Nuzman announced, as ticket sales have jumped ahead of the Games beginning August 5.

The first Rio 2016 ticket will leave the realm of graphics – I won’t say where, for obvious reasons – and will be sent on to the first fan, somewhere in the world,” Nuzman confirmed.

Sixty-seven percent of the total 7.4 million tickets have been sold, Olympics organisers announced, up from the 50 percent mark last month which had caused some concern.

The new sports minister, Leonardo Picciani said on Wednesday Brazilians are known for leaving everything to the last minute and he expected excitement would pick up as the Games draw closer.

Head of tickets, Donovan Ferreti, said sales had been hot on the black market, but the committee had been able to intervene.

“This group has had some successes already, one of these was the indictment of 10 people who were reselling tickets illegally over social media. We cancelled these and managed to prevent the illegal sale of more than 700 tickets over the black market,” said Ferreti.

Tickets are available from 40 Brazilian reais (11 U.S. dollars) to 4,600 reais ($1290) for the best seat at the Olympics closing ceremony


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