March 31, 2015

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) The first phase of ticket sales for the Rio Olympics in 2016 began on Tuesday despite uncertainty about the football tournament.

Nearly 7.5 million tickets are available to fans, but none for football games in Sao Paulo because the city and local Olympic organizers were not able to reach a deal ahead of the opening of the sales. Sao Paulo officials are still analyzing the costs of hosting the tournament and can't guarantee the city's participation.

Fans can choose which events they want to watch and a random draw in June will determine who gets the tickets. A second draw will follow later in the year.

About 70 percent of the tickets are reserved for Brazilians.

International fans will buy tickets through an official reseller in their own country.

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