Time running out to register for Rio 2016 tickets

The last day to register for tickets for the first Olympic Games held in South America (5-21 August 2016) is March 31

You rejected Beijing for being too polluted and London for not being exotic enough, but can you really afford to ignore Rio de Janeiro, the first ever city in South America and only the third in the Southern Hemisphere to host the Olympics, in 2016?

Time is running out to register for tickets for the games, so it's time to get your skates on.

Internationals who are neither a resident of Brazil over the age of 18, nor have a Visa card issued in Brazil with a CPF number, have until the close of March 31 to sign up on the Rio 2016 Ticket Portal (www.rio2016.com/en/take-part/tickets).

Seventy percent of the 7.5 million available tickets will go to the Brazilian public, while a portion of the rest will be allocated country by country. Registering will make you eligible for some of the Danish tickets.

In total, some 42 sports, including golf and rugby sevens will be contested at the games.

Sign up or lose out
The list of authorised ticket resellers (ATR) will be sent to those registered on March 31. Each country has an ATR appointed by Rio 2016 and its national Olympic committee.

For London 2012, the Danish ATR was DIF, the Sports Confederation of Denmark. Due to EU rules, Europeans may be eligible to buy tickets from other European countries' ATRs.

According to Rio 2016's website, the tickets for sporting events will be priced from 90 to 2,600 kroner, while tickets for the opening and closing ceremonies will cost between 430 and 9,970 kroner. 

The 1.8 million tickets for the first South American Paralympic Games (7-18 September 2016) will go on sale later.