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Ticket sales for PyeongChang 2018 surpass 60%

Society 26.12.2017 | 10:25

SEOUL, 26 December (BelTA - Yonhap) - Ticket sales for the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics have surpassed 60 percent, the event's organizers said Sunday.

There are 47 days left until the Feb. 9 opening ceremony of the first Winter Games in South Korea. And as of Thursday, 655,000 tickets had been sold, or 61 percent of the organizers' target of 1.07 million tickets.

The quadrennial competition will run through Feb. 25, with athletes competing for a record 102 gold medals across seven sports and 15 disciplines.

Sales for the tickets had been sluggish, but PyeongChang passed the 50 percent mark in ticket sales on Nov. 24. The organizing committee said the sales have picked up in recent weeks.

Among different sports, alpine skiing has been the most popular so far, with 81 percent of the tickets sold, followed by cross-country skiing (79 percent), short track speed skating (74 percent) and bobsleigh (70 percent).

The opening ceremony has seen 67 percent of its tickets sold so far.

For the March 9-18 Winter Paralympics, 81,000 tickets, or 37 percent of the sales target of 220,000, had been sold as of Thursday.

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