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Olympic seat fillers

It's the age-old problem for an Olympic organizer: how to fill the seats for events few people are interested in.

Soldiers and schoolchildren have been drafted to fill empty seats at some Olympic venues, after sponsors and IOC officials neglected to utilize some of their tickets for early stage events, and some overseas travel agencies failed to sell their ticket allocations.

Of course, this happens at every Olympics, but with thousands of people unable to obtain tickets, criticism has been leveled at the local organizers.

Roberto De Vido writes cartoons and comics about politics, sports (and life) from a small fishing and farming village an hour southwest of Tokyo.

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“They won’t let us in to fill them.”

— Doreen Beeton, watching poorly attended Olympic tennis on an outdoor television outside the Wimbledon facilities


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