TOKYO (AP) _ Strong sales and a weaker yen helped the Nagano Olympics earn a $32 million surplus, an organizing committee official said today.

The surplus will be used to promote sports in Japan, with one-tenth of the money going to the Japanese Olympic Committee and the rest to an Olympic memorial fund, said Nagano Olympic Committee spokesman Sadao Shibamoto.

Higher-than-expected ticket and Olympic merchandise sales along with the weak yen were the main factors in generating the surplus, Shibamoto said.

Japan's weak currency boosted earnings from sales of overseas television rights and foreign sponsorship deals, which were paid for dollars.

The total operating costs for the Winter Games was $814 million.