Rio rolls out Games amid con­cerns (again)

The Myanmar Times - - Sport -

RIO 2016 Par­a­lympics or­gan­is­ers have said that 1.5 mil­lion tick­ets had been sold and they hope that all 2.5 mil­lion will go.

The Games have been over­shad­owed by fi­nan­cial wor­ries and the slow sale of tick­ets. But or­gan­is­ers have re­ported a dra­matic turn­around in sales since the end of the Rio Olympics on Au­gust 21.

At that stage only 300,000 tick­ets had been sold. But on Septem­ber 5, or­gan­is­ers said in a state­ment the “Games achieved an im­por­tant mile­stone as it reached 1.5 mil­lion tick­ets sold”.

They added, “While there are still around 1 mil­lion tick­ets avail­able the rhythm of sales sug­gests that all the 2.5 mil­lion tick­ets will be sold.”

Or­gan­is­ers said the Olympics and hopes for Brazil­ian gold medals had boosted sales.

“Now we see peo­ple look for spe­cific ath­letes and sched­uled du­els,” said Rio 2016 spokesper­son Mario An­drada.

Brazil are aim­ing for a top-five place in the medals ta­ble and have sev­eral hopes in the Par­a­lympics ath­let­ics, in­clud­ing Odair San­tos who could get their first gold in the 5000m T11 to­mor­row.

The Games start to­day with more than 4300 para-ath­letes sched­uled to take part in 22 sports.

Rob­bery in the vil­lage

Just as Brazil was shak­ing off its headache over thefts at the Olympic vil­lage, Span­ish Par­a­lympic ath­letes have de­clared they had around US$390 in cash stolen from their rooms.

Mem­bers of the clean­ing staff are the pri­mary sus­pects in the lat­est thefts, which oc­curred over the week­end in the Ath­letes’ Vil­lage in Rio de Janeiro, a mem­ber of Spain’s del­e­ga­tion told AFP.

“They said they were clean­ing staff, but what they cleaned out was the money in some of our ath­letes’ wal­lets,” the del­e­ga­tion mem­ber said, speak­ing on con­di­tion of anonymity.

“We man­aged to find them and send them to se­cu­rity staff, but po­lice found noth­ing when they searched them. They clearly had a place to hide it.”

Span­ish me­dia re­ports said some ath­letes have stopped al­low­ing clean­ing staff into their rooms.

Crime-weary Brazil was al­ready hit by theft ac­cu­sa­tions dur­ing the Olympics, which ran from Au­gust 5 to 21. The Aus­tralian, Chi­nese and Dan­ish teams all re­ported items stolen. –

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