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World Athletics president Seb Coe blasts ticket prices for Paris Olympics

World Athletics president Seb Coe has blasted the organizing committee of the summer’s Olympics in Paris for lumpy ticket prize that could affect the fans from out of attending, which could result in ‘unacceptable’ empty seats at the athletics.

Tickets for a session will be selling for as much as £850 on the official Paris 2024 website. The cheapest remaining tickets for an evening are going for £170, while even mid-range category seats are priced at £330.

The WA president has raised his concerns about costs to Paris organisers, insisting a full stadium should be a ‘prerequisite’ for the No1 Olympic sport.

We have made the point that these prices are lumpy,’ said Coe, who chaired the organising committee for London 2012. ‘These are going to be the most expensive ticket prices in an athletics arena that we have witnessed at an Olympic Games.

‘There are difficult balances for any organising committee. It is not easy. I have done that job. But if I am wearing my World Athletics hat, I don’t want fans being costed out of the stadium. ‘There are always going to be premium tickets, but it is important that our stadiums are full of people that love our sport, not people that can afford to get to an Olympics.’

Coe is worried that poor crowds in Paris would tarnish the image of the sport so soon after the success of August’s World Championships in Budapest, where there was a full stadium every night.

‘No sport, our sport, cannot afford to look marginal in big championships,’ he said. ‘It really is unacceptable.


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