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Pyeongchang Games Ticket Sales Picking Up As Total Sales Reach 55%

Slow ticket sales that have "concerned" the IOC and the Pyeongchang Organizing Committee have "picked up in recent weeks," according to Rachel Axon of USA TODAY. IOC Olympic Games Exec Dir Christophe Dubi said that ticket sales for the Pyeongchang Games have "tripled since the torch relay arrived in South Korea at the end of October." He added that total sales have "reached 55%." Dubi: "They’ve always said there would be a boom and a last-minute surge of sales." Dubi said that the IOC and POCOG "hope to get to 90% of tickets sold at the start of the Games." Meanwhile, Axon notes Pyeongchang's security situation "remains unchanged despite continued missile tests by North Korea and sustained rhetoric between" Kim Jong Un and President Trump. Dubi said that security concerns were "not discussed during the executive board’s morning session" (USATODAY.com, 12/6).