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Volume 6 No. 211

Events and Attractions

A total of 889,305 tickets for the 2014 FIFA World Cup were allocated to people from 188 countries during the random selection draw for the first phase of ticket sales. Brazilian residents purchased 71.5% of the tickets, while 28.5% went to fans from other countries. Out of all tickets made available for sale, in compliance with the General World Cup Bill, FIFA offered a total of 342,740 tickets in category 4 to fans in Brazil, with priority given to students, individuals older than 60 and participants in the federal social welfare program. The next sales window will start again exclusively via on Nov. 11 at noon (FIFA). BLOOMBERG's Tariq Panja reported Brazilian, American and British football fans "bought the most seats in the first phase of ticketing for next year's World Cup." U.S. residents obtained 66,646, "more than those in any other country outside of Brazil." The "next largest allocation went to England, where fans will receive 22,257 tickets." The remaining six World Cup participants will "be known following final playoff matches later this month" (BLOOMBERG, 11/5).

Picking the winner of the Melbourne Cup "apparently appeared a bit too hard for some punters as betting on Australia's greatest horse race dropped this year," according to THE AUSTRALIAN. Melbourne Cup turnover across Australia tallied about A$148M ($140M). In New South Wales and Victoria, betting agency Tabcorp "raked in" A$90.6M as customers "made the agonising decision on which horse to back from one of the strongest fields in the race's rich history." That "was down" 2% on '12. A total of A$133.7M "was handed over in the two states on the 10-race card at Flemington," down 4.8% on last year (THE AUSTRALIAN, 11/6).

Members of the public hoping to be at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow "are snapping up the remaining tickets for the sporting spectacle." With around 76,000 tickets for the event remaining as of Tuesday morning, organizers "opened up the sale to everyone at 10am, regardless of whether they had previously applied for tickets" (SCOTSMAN, 11/5). ... Saturday's A-League game in Christchurch, New Zealand is "set to be brought forward by half an hour after the Wellington Phoenix and New Zealand Football struck a deal over the availability of their All Whites players." Perth Glory's Shane Smeltz and the Phoenix's six All Whites "will take the AMI Stadium turf at a new kickoff time of 5pm." The players will then "rush to Christchurch Airport" for their 8:40pm flight to Auckland, where a 10:45pm "connection to Los Angeles awaits" (FAIRFAX NZ NEWS, 11/6). ... Malaysia is "set to take the SEA Games to Sabah and Sarawak for the first time after the Cabinet approved the Youth and Sports Ministry’s proposal to host the 2017 Games." But "only selected sports will be held there." For example, aquatics "would be held in Sarawak" (THE STAR, 11/5). ... The Swinging Skirts World Ladies Masters golf tournament "will be held this year at Linkou Miramar Golf Country Club in New Taipei City from Dec. 5-8" (CNA, 11/5). ... Australia's request "to draft an extra player into the world cup squad to replace the injured Luke Lewis has been rejected." The Kangaroos "approached tournament officials in a bid to call up a replacement after Lewis was ruled out of the tournament with a shoulder injury" (SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 11/5).