One is the Loneliest Number

April 16th, 2007 | 0 comments | Posted by Diana


AP reports that 7 million+ tickets for the Beijing Olympics went on sale yesterday. Sadly, if you want to go to either the opening or closing ceremonies, you can only buy a ticket for yourself–according to the one-ticket policy:

”As for the one-ticket only, I think that is a problem,” said Wang Wei, executive vice president and secretary general of the Beijing organizing committee.

”China has a huge population and it is really a problem for us to give people the opportunity to watch the Olympics Games.”

In an event telecast across the country on state-run CCTV, Wang acknowledged the one-ticket policy would made it difficult for families to attend the historic event.

”To make the most people happy, we adopted the (one-ticket) policy,” he said.

Though the policy only applies to the opening and closing ceremonies, tickets from other ”high demand sessions” will be limited to two tickets per person.

The chance of getting any ticket is scant for China’s population of 1.3 billion. Tickets in China will be sold on the Web, at Bank of China offices and by telephone.

A ONE TICKET policy for the most important and exciting events at the Games? What’s the point of going, then? It’s like going to see Too Fast and Too Furious without having a pal next to you to hand you tissues when you cry–or whisper “My god, Paul Walker is hot” in your ear when he’s onscreen, er, acting.

And if I can’t reach for the torch with Jen next to me, I’m not going.

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