Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Tickets touts spoils Asian Games image

Groups of ticket touts are indeed spoiling Guangzhou Asian Games 2010 image by systematically hoarding venue tickets,thus denying passionate,keen and patriotic supporters and parents of athletes from Malaysia, from enjoying the Games.This scenario also applies to supporters from other Asian nations as well.
Kelab Penyokong Sukan Malaysia or Kelab Famemas Malaysia is currently in Guangzhou for 8 days from 20-28 Nov to give fervent support and uplift the morale of  our Malaysian athletes to ensure that the 9 gold medals target are met.
However, they have not been able to gain access to the sports venues and games that involve Malaysian athletes, from the date and time of arrival, up to this time of press release.

An example is the price of tickets for the Lin Dan - Dato' Lee Chong Wei final was priced by touts of up to RMB3500 (RM1750) whereas the original ticket price was only RMB50 (RM25) only.  Athletics price tickets shot up to RMB50 whereas counter price is RMB10...the ticket touts are having a field day with the exhorbitant prices up to a point of paralysiong the attendance at venues where it remains empty and only a handful of spectators were able to attend albeit local people getting free ticket through government lottery type allocation.

The Olympic COuncil of Asia (OCA) and OCM (Malaysia) shoul allocate reasonable accreditation passes to deserving people to ensure that the attendance of these people are truly menaningful and contribute to the sports success of the nation.

This is a shamble and an utter disgrace to the Guangzhou Asian Games Organising Committee (GAGOC) and the very people who are supposed to cheer on our team were denied the opportunity.

Most stadiums were not full and yet ticket counters display notices that tickets are sold out eg hockey and diving venues.  We suggest that a selected number of tickets be made available on the day of events prior to the start of the games and to foreigners,should audience attendance be not forthcoming.

We call upon our Malaysian sport authorities to take up this matter with the relevant Organising Committee seriously to ensure this fiasco is not repeated.

Attached pictures show Malaysian supporters idling by roadside upon hearing that access to the venues are not available and tickets touts freely mingling with public offering exorbitant ticket prices for sale.

For further information,please call Lee Hui Seng at Guangzhou local number 0086-13247687357 or 6012-329 3378 and Hafidz Zihim (Secretary) on 0086- 13794341134

Sent on behalf of Kelab Famemas Kuala Lumpur and Selangor
(Kelab Penyokong Sukan Malaysia)


  1. I truly feel sorry for the supporters of Famemas in Guangzhou. These dedicated group of Malaysian show their cheering prowress at the Korat SEA Games and indeed their call was uplifting.
    I understand that they have to pay for their Visas to Guanzhou and each of the supporters have to pay their air fare and also their accommodation was subsidise by some sponsors.
    This horading or black market tickets are common in China and I do not think you can blame the GAGOC about it. What I understand is our Olymnpic Council of Malaysia could have help by making arrangements and facilitate these group of supporters to get tickets for the Game Venue because OCM have the full schedule of the Games where Malaysian will be participating.
    As far as OCM are concern Famemas are not a crucial group and they are very much left on their own. This happened at Korat and I think OCM especially the Sec Gen. should look into this instead of going there on a VIP ticket with chauffer driven car to watch the Games. OCM do something about it.

  2. The Famemas team arrived home on Sunday at 6.00 am. Syabas Famemas and their effort to support our Team in Guanzhou. For their 1 week stint, they managed to cheer our Team in Hockey, athletics and Karate. Well at least their effort did not go to waste.
    In future Games can I suggest that Famemas clear with OCM and make sure you make arrangement with OCM to make block bookings of the tickets to all the Games Malaysia is participating in. I suggest you chaps plan your group equally if there are 2 or 3 sports on the same day.
    You are important to Malaysian athletes and I hope someone can instruct OCM to assist these loyal Malaysians who are now playing an important role in Malaysian sports scene