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Monday, September 18, 2000
Authorities threaten to confiscate tickets

 SYDNEY (AP) -- Olympic organizers are cracking down on a thriving black market for tickets, saying Monday they will kick scalpers off the Games precinct and confiscate their tickets.

 One group of scalpers who set up a booth at Darling Harbour, home to one of the main Olympic areas, has already been evicted, said deputy chief executive of the Sydney Olympics organizing committee Michael Eyers.

 More tickets have been sold for the Sydney Games than for any previous Olympics and scalped tickets are changing hands with mark-ups of up to 30 per cent, one Sydney newspaper reported this weekend.

 Eyers urged the public not to go to scalpers for their tickets.

 "Those who purchase Olympic tickets from scalpers run the risk that the tickets they purchase are forgeries and they will find themselves out of pocket and without a seat at the games," he warned.

 Australian immigration authorities said last Thursday they had deported a known American scalper when he arrived in Sydney for the Olympics.

 Ticket scalping is illegal in New South Wales at key sporting venues, including the arenas being used for the 17-day Games that opened last Friday.
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