Rio Games organizers are considering giving schoolchildren tickets to fill empty seats

Rio de Janeiro (dpa) - Rio Games organizers are considering giving schoolchildren tickets for Olympic events to fill tens of thousands of empty seats.

Around 80 per cent of tickets have been sold, but unused sponsors' tickets and long waits to get in to events in view of security controls means seats are not filling up, internet portal Folha de S. Paulo reported.

In a poll before the Games, only 16 per cent of Brazilians surveyed said they had a big interest in the Games.

In addition, fewer tourists than originally thought- between 300,000 to 500,000 rather than 1 million - are visiting Rio de Janeiro because of worries about the Zika virus and criminality.

Last update: Wed, 10/08/2016 - 19:11

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