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Olympic tickets go on sale at Rio shops

Rio de Janeiro: The tickets for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, slated from August 5 to 21, have gone on sale at local shops for the first time, the organisers said.

Tickets, previously only available to Brazilian residents online, are now on sale at two shopping malls in Rio, reports Xinhua.

At least 30 new ticketing centers will be opened in the coming weeks in Rio and the Olympic football host cities of Sao Paulo, Belo Horizonte, Salvador, Brasilia and Manaus.

"We are expecting a large mass of people in the ticket office. It is the profile of Brazilians to buy in last minute," Rio 2016 ticketing director Donovan Ferreti said.

"But it is important to say that the price on the website is exactly the same as in the ticket office, you don't need to wait to come to the ticket office to purchase your ticket."

Ferreti said 4.2 million tickets had already been sold for the Games, around 70 per cent of the total available. Another 1.8 million tickets were still available, he added.

Ticket prices range from about $12 to several hundred dollars for the most sought-after events in the first ever Olympics in South America.

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