ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Alaska has been awarded an Olympic bid, but some residents are not happy.
Alaska officials announced Wednesday they will send 50 tickets to athletes who compete in the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
The tickets are part of the $4 billion Olympic bid that also includes a $1 billion gift from the federal government.
Alaskans have been clamoring for a bid since Alaska Gov.
Bill Walker first announced the bid in February.
“We’re not going to sit back and wait for the federal budget to be balanced and make a decision,” Walker said.
Walker’s office said the ticket distribution will not affect the state’s finances, which are already under pressure.
But some residents have been upset by the allocation.
“I’ve been thinking about this for a while,” said Tammie T. Gaffney, a local resident.
“It’s a waste of money and money that will go to the people who don’t have anything to do with this.”
Gaffney said the state should have more than 50 tickets for each Olympian.
We are all Alas.
We are all Alaskaans.
We want this to be a true Olympics.
I’m not happy that the state of Alaska is wasting the money, said Alaskan Chris Anderson, a former Olympian and member of the Olympic committee.
“We’re going to make the best of this.”