Pyeongchang marks 1-year countdown to Games

Source:AFP Published: 2017/2/9 23:03:39

Winter Olympic Games organizers cheered unexpectedly brisk demand as ticket applications opened Thursday, exactly one year before Pyeongchang 2018's official start in South Korea.

Organizers received more than 18,000 ticket applications within two hours, as they unveiled the Olympic torch inspired by traditional Korean porcelain.

Nearly 3,000 athletes from around 100 nations and regions will gather in Pyeongchang next year for the country's first-ever Winter Games, after Seoul hosted the Summer Games in 1988.

Infrastructure work is proceeding apace but concerns have been expressed about ticket sales, with little evidence of a buzz building up around the Games and an opinion poll released earlier this week saying 49 percent of South Koreans were not interested. But two hours into the sales, applications for 18,016 tickets had been received, the ­Pyeongchang ­Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games (POCOG) told AFP.

South Koreans - who are expected to make up 70 percent of spectators - can apply for tickets until late April and successful buyers will find out the following month, with more tickets going on general sale in September.

Sales timetables in other countries depend on each ­National Olympic Committee.

Some 1.18 million tickets will be made available in total.

POCOG marked a year to the Games by unveiling a weatherproof torch inspired by traditional Korean white porcelain for the Olympic relay, designed to keep the flame alive in the high altitudes and strong winds of the mountainous venue.

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