Brazil govt could buy up poorly selling Olympic tickets

The zika virus, high crime and a major political crisis have all dampened the initial excitement over Rio's hosting South America's first Olympic GamesBrazil’s government sounded the alarm Saturday over poor sales of Olympic tickets just five months before Rio hosts South America’s first Summer Games. With worries about the Zika virus, high crime and a major political crisis already overshadowing the August 5 opening ceremony, Brazil now faces the embarrassing prospect of empty stadiums. Only 50 percent of tickets to the Olympics have been sold so far, Rio 2016 organizing committee spokesman Phil Wilkinson told AFP on Saturday.

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