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By Georgia Grimond, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The Olympic Committee has announced that fans who entered the ticket draw in the first round have until 23:59 PM on Sunday, July 26th to apply for more tickets to the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Around three million entries will be available for 533 sessions.

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Tickets are becoming available for equestrian events at next year’s Olympics as well, photo by Sergio Dutti/Exemplus/COB.

Only those who registered and applied in the first round and who are residents of Brazil may enter this draw, regardless of whether they were successful or not. Priority, however, will be given to applicants who did not win tickets in the first round.

Of the three million tickets available, organizers predict the most sought after will be the men’s soccer semi-finals, the individual final of rhythmic gymnastics and men’s tennis doubles semi-finals. Tickets to various beach volleyball, riding and basketball competitions will also be up for grabs.

Director of Tickets of the Organizing Committee of the Rio 2016 Games, Donovan Ferreti, said in a statement, “We still have sessions available for nearly every sport. Only triathlon, synchronized swimming, road cycling and marathon swimming are fully exhausted.”

The second draw, which will be announced in August, is totally random. The process is overseen by auditors KPMG. As with the first draw, the second will be “all or nothing”. If an applicant is successful, he or she cannot cancel some sessions and accept others.

In October, another chance to buy tickets will begin via the direct online ticket resale function. Anyone will be able to apply for tickets through it and it will stay open until the start of the Games in August 2016. It is possible that exhausted session tickets may become available again during this period.

To place a new order for the second draw, fans should go to Rio 2016’s ticket page and log in with their password.

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