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Olympic ticket squabble

Thursday, July 12, 2012 | 1:02 PM    

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LONDON, England – ORGANISERS of the London 2012 Olympics have said that at least half of the hundreds of thousands of unwanted Olympic tickets returned from sponsors and foreign countries will be offered for sale to the public in the United Kingdom (UK).

According to Online News agent in the UK, The Telegraph, this moves comes after it was revealed in the Daily Telegraph Newspaper that sponsors and overseas countries were getting first option on any ticket returns, including those most highly sought after by the UK public, in a secret behind-the-scenes ticket sale.

The newspaper quoted a representative from The London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) as saying "it was only right that overseas countries which bought the tickets through their National Olympic Committees, sponsors and rights-holding broadcasters, had the chance to buy and sell tickets within their original allocation of 12 per cent of all Olympic tickets".

"We will not leave them on the (sponsors') portal for ages if other countries (or sponsors) don't buy them," said the spokeswoman.

"There is no chance they will loiter around for ages, we will get them into the hands of the British public.

"But it is only right for National Olympic Committees ... they bought them upfront a year-and-a-half ago and now there is clarity about the teams they are sending and traditionally there are last minute returns which are first offered to other NOCs who need more tickets.

"But at least half of the ticket returns will be taken back and offered to the British public."

LOCOG has released 50,000 tickets for schoolchildren to create a vibrant atmosphere in the venue and a backdrop for the global television shots.

The children will be eligible for the tickets if they are members of Scottish schools in the LOCOG Get Set initiative, but for the first time, Locog has extended the plan to include children if they are involved in local sports clubs, charities and youth projects.

Tickets are generally available at the venue for between £20 and £40.

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