Hangzhou’s staging of the 19th Asian Games has attracted more than CNY¥500m (£56m/€66m/$69m) worth of ticket sales, according to the multi-sport event’s organisers.
A report from Insidethegames has revealed that Chinese fans have been flocking to the delayed 2022 event, which has been taking place across Hangzhou and five co-host cities in the Zhejiang province.
Across the first five days of the competition, it was reported that some sports had experienced sellout crowds and that roughly 200,000 people had attended the Games on Wednesday this week alone.
As reported by Insidethegames, Zhu Qinan, a spokesperson for the sport operations centre at Hangzhou 2022, said: “The demand for attending events at the Hangzhou Asian Games and ticket sales are booming. Tickets have been going very quickly.
“CNY¥500m worth of tickets have been sold so far and we are doing our best to make these tickets available to potential and interested spectators.
“According to our information, for each event the demand is very strong and the demand for tickets account of 90% of the seats available for each of the events of the non-Olympic sports.”
Hangzhou 2022 was postponed in May last year as China continued to battle the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The event was originally set to take place from September 10-25 in 2022, by the Olympic Council of Asia took the decision to move the Games to 2023.
Some 40 sports make up the programme including the Olympic sports of athletics, swimming and gymnastics, mixed with more traditional disciplines such as wushu, sepak takraw and more.
Hangzhou 2022 has been taking place since September 23 and will run until October 8.