Olympic officials in China have announced that more than half the available domestic tickets for the 2008 Beijing Games have been sold in the month since they went on sale in April.

China made 2.2 million tickets available a month ago and 230,000 fans have bought almost 1.1 million of them. Olympic Ticketing Center head Rong Jun said Tuesday that tickets to the opening ceremony, basketball and diving competitions have been the best sellers.

Fans can purchase tickets to the opening and closing ceremonies as well as all 28 sports during the first phase, which ends June 30. Tickets will be assigned between July and August, with a random selection process utilized for oversold events.

The second leg of domestic sales will run from October through December. Olympic committees of individual countries and territories are conducting overseas sales.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP.