Rio Olympics 2016: Where to buy tickets, what events cost a bomb and what fraud websites to avoid
All you need to know about where to find tickets, what events are the most sought after and which sites to avoid while buying your Rio Olympics passes.
The 2016 Olympics in Rio are less than a week away and here is all you need to know about the tickets, where to find them, what events are the most sought after and which sites to avoid while purchasing your ticket to the Olympic Games.
More than 80 per cent of the tickets available for the Rio Olympics have been sold, organisers said on Saturday.
Tickets are easily accessible on the official Rio 2016 ticketing website. The prices for most tickets vary according to the events. A quick search can locate the tickets for all arenas according to the event that one wants to attend.
For example, the men's 100m final, an event which will showcase Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, will cost a eye-watering $350 for the cheapest ticket and rise to a staggering $1200 if you want to get a bit closer to the action. The women's 100m final on the other hand will have the cheapest ticket set at $260 and the highest at $900.
People wanting to see the final appearance of USA swimmer and the greatest Olympian of all time Michael Phelps will have to find a nice bar in Rio de Janiero as all the tickets left for the Olympic Aquatics Stadium are only for the men's and women's heats.
On the other hand, there are tickets to the opening and closing ceremony that are still available on the Rio 2016 website. These tickets range from $200-$4600 for the opening ceremony and $200-$3000 for the closing ceremony.
Fans have spent 1.03 billion reais ($320 million) on tickets, representing 96 per cent of the target set by the Rio 2016 organising committee, Xinhua news agency reported.
Some 6.1 million tickets were made available for the Games. According to organisers, ticket sales revenue is expected to make up 16 per cent of the cost of running the Olympics, which run from 5 to 21 August.
The figures were presented in a report to the International Olympic Committee during its last meeting with organisers before Friday's opening ceremony.
Indians wanting to watch the country's lone individual gold medalist Abhinav Bindra perform in his swansong Olympic event can purchase tickets for the 10m Air rifle event for $40-$100.
Fans looking for tickets will have to be careful and buy from the official ticketing website as there have been reports of websites that flout ticketing regulations and sell fans what will essentially turn out to be, worthless stubs of paper.
The Guardian reports that website Book Rio Games 2016 is actually higher ranked than the official ticketing portal of the 2016 Rio Olympics. Upon further investigations by Which?, it was found that the domain was registered in India and had many irregularities. For example, they used domain by proxy, which allows the owner of the site to hide his/her identity. The website also allowed people to buy upto 20 tickets while Rio 2016 official ticketing rules allow only four tickets per person to be purchased.
With inputs from agencies
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