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World Athletics Championships In Moscow Struggles To Draw Fans On First Two Days
Published August 12, 2013
BUBKA BLAMES WEATHER: In London, Sean Ingle reported Ukrainian IAAF VP Sergei Bubka has "blamed the hot weather in Moscow for poor ticket sales at the World Athletics Championships." Bubka said that "the sun might have been a factor." Bubka: "It's a very sunny day and I know for Muscovites they always go to the dacha [second home], outside Moscow. Maybe some people have bought tickets and they don't attend. I will do my best to settle this issue as the crowd is most important" (GUARDIAN, 8/11). Also in London, Laura Williamson reported Bubka insisted that "'up to 85,000' tickets have been sold for the nine days of competition" and the IAAF is confident the final weekend will be close to a sellout (DAILY MAIL, 8/11).