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Tickets For Thomas Cup Not Expensive - Shabery

PUTRAJAYA, April 21 (Bernama) -- Tickets for the Thomas and Uber Cup finals to be held here next month are not expensive said Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Ahmad Shabery Cheek.

Ahmad Shabery said to watch the finals which is the most prestigious badminton event in the world and to witness the excitement and sacrifices of shuttlers during the competition, the money paid by the people would be justified.

Tickets for the Thomas Cup final, to be held from May 9-16 at the Putra Indoor Stadium in Bukit Jalil, are priced at RM18 for a day while a season pass is expected to cost RM3,008, he said.

"In fact, it is not expensive when considering the contributions and sacrifices of shuttlers who spend about six to eight hours when training.

"It is not every year that Malaysia can host the prestigious Thomas Cup. It may take eight to 10 years before another opportunity comes by, so spending or more appropriately contributing RM100 or RM200 for tickets is a small price to contribute," he said after launching the 5th Malaysia International Ekiden Run 2010 here on Wednesday.

Malaysians must follow the example shown by people of other countries when a big event comes to their country.

"I was in Vancouver (Canada) for the Winter Olympics and to witness the opening ceremony, tickets were priced at US$1,000 (RM3,300). Even then when tickets are sold out, they go around asking others to sell their tickets to them," he said.

Meanwhile, speaking of the Ekiden Run, Ahmad Shabery said the run, to be held on May 16, would be part of National Youth Day celebrations from May 14-16, and expect 1,000 teams, comprising five runners each, to take part.

"Our target is 1,000 teams although last year 420 teams took part. So far 300 teams have confirmed their participation," he said.

Source from BERNAMA

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