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  • "Mr Wang said some spectators were also only turning up for specific events, even though they had tickets for a whole session.

    'For competitions like beach volleyball and basketball,(spectators) have one ticket for the whole afternoon, morning, evening,' he explained. 'They may choose to go to one of them, but not all them.'

    Mr Wang, executive vice-president of Bocog, said local authorities were hiring volunteers to fill empty seats.

    'If they find that there are not enough people, or if they find that there are too many empty seats, they organise some cheerleaders,' he said. 'These cheer for both sides to'create a good atmosphere', he added."

    - Michael Bristow, 'Empty Olympic seats cause concern', BBC website, 12 August 2008.

    August 12, 2008