Organisers of this year’s World Athletics Indoor Championships in Nanjing, China last week revealed their ticketing programme and event mascot.
Chinese company Wenkor Ticketing has been appointed ticketing agent for the event, and will make available 18,000 tickets over the three days from March 13 to 15. Tickets will cost between 50 and 600 yuan ($7 to $86), and will be available to domestic and international buyers on online platforms including Damai, Maoyan and 228.com.cn. The tickets will not allocate particular seats – rather, they will allocate zones, within which ticket-holders can sit anywhere. Sales begin on January 16.
Wenkor Ticketing is an affiliate of Chinese investment company Nanjing Cultural Investment Holding Group.
The event’s mascot is called Cedar, and is a snow squirrel named after Nanjing’s symbolic tree. The mascot was chosen after a competition in which the organisers received 827 design submissions from around the world.
The ticketing plan and mascot were launched at a press conference on New Year’s Eve, attended by World Athletics council member and vice president of the Chinese Athletics Association Wang Nan; Wang Weizhong, deputy director of Jiangsu Provincial Administration of Sports; Chen Weihong, director of Nanjing Municipal Bureau of Sports; Yang Feng, deputy director of the Competition Department of the Chinese Athletics Association; and Fei Jiawei, deputy director of Nanjing Municipal Bureau of Sports.