Monday, August 16, 2004


"Where have all the spectators gone?" is the question we're asking in our coverage today.

Venus Williams played her opening match yesterday in front of just 500 fans. The archery competition began at a virtually deserted Panathinaiko Stadium and there have been empty stands at other events.

At a press conference this morning, a spokesman for the Olympic organisers, Michael Zacharatos, said ticket sales were on track.

He said selling tickets at a discount, or giving them away, would be unfair to those who'd paid full price for admission.

The organisers have sold 56% of the tickets on offer and are hoping crowds will pick up when the main athletics programme begins on Friday.

They insist they're not concerned over ticket sales -- but have launched a new television campaign to try to encourage more spectators.


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