Organisers of next month’s world swimming championships in South Korea are facing the prospect of half-filled grandstands, figures showed on Friday, with only around one-third of tickets sold.
A total of 419 000 tickets are available for the FINA World Championships taking place in the southern cities of Gwangju and Yeosu, from July 12-28.
But only about 149 000 have been taken up since they went on sale in January, organisers said on Friday – just over 35 percent.
Around 140 000 of those were block-bought by companies, municipal governments and state-owned firms, meaning that private individuals had bought merely 9 000 or so, about two percent of those available.
“Not many would travel all the way to Gwangju to see watersports in the summer,” one of the organisers acknowledged to AFP.
“Especially considering the competition will be broadcast live throughout the event.”