Olympic Games: Just the ticket for Sydney

ORGANISERS OF the 2000 Sydney Olympics said yesterday they hope to exceed expectations by selling more than pounds 83m worth of tickets to Australians by the end of the year.

Sandy Hollway, the chief executive of the Sydney Organising Committee, said more than 435,000 tickets worth about pounds 12m had been bought by Australians in the delayed second-round offer. Over half of the 102,243 people who applied for second-round tickets got everything they wanted, he said. The organisers have made about pounds 58m from the 1.5m tickets sold in the first-round ballot and expect another pounds 10m from the 200,000 seats added to the public offer from premium packages.