Organisers of the World Athletics Indoor Championships Nanjing 2020 announced their ticketing programme and introduced the event's mascot, Cedar, at a press conference in the eastern Chinese city on Tuesday (31).
Wenkor Ticketing was selected as the general ticketing agent for the event, which will be held from 13-15 March at Nanjing’s Cube Indoor Athletics Facility. Around 18,000 tickets will be made available over the six competition sessions.
Wenkor Ticketing, an affiliate of the Nanjing Cultural Investment Holding Group, will work with other ticketing platforms, including Damai, Maoyan and 228.com.cn, to provide ticketing services for domestic and international fans.
The tickets will range in price from RMB 50-600 (USD $7-$86) but will not be assigned to a particular seat. Instead, ticketed spectators can be seated freely anywhere in the ticket's designated zone.
Online reservations are set to begin on 16 January 2020 at 10am local time via the ticketing link on the Championships' official website: www.worldathleticsnanjing2020.com.
Also at the press conference, Wu Yahui, the LOC's Assistant Director for Marketing Development, introduced Cedar, the official Nanjing 2020 mascot.
Created by a design team headed by young artist Zhang Qingfeng, Cedar represents a lively, confident figure, with its head held high, likened to an athlete eager to take on challenges. 2020 is the Year of the Mouse in the Chinese lunar calendar, the inspiration behind the "snow squirrel" design. Its name is taken from Nanjing's symbolic tree. Organisers received 827 mascot design submissions from around the world.
Among the attendees at the ticketing and mascot launch press conference were World Athletics Council Member Wang Nan, who also serves as Vice President of the Chinese Athletics Association; 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.
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