China's Olympic Ticket Frenzy

Getting into the Games isn't easy in a country of 1.3 billion. In Round Two of ticket sales, the official Web site drew 8 million hits in the first hour

Remember all those empty seats at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens? Officials from the International Olympic Committee surely do, which is one reason they're looking forward to next year's Games in Beijing. In a country with the largest population on the planet—and a government determined to use the sporting event as proof that China is an economic superpower—the folks at the IOC are counting on sellout crowds at major Olympic events in Beijing and other venues throughout China.

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