POSTED: November 27th 2008
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Moynihan eases ticket fears

Rebecca Adlington: in triumph after the 400m freestyle / Fotosports.com
Rebecca Adlington: in triumph after the 400m freestyle / Fotosports.com

KEIR RADNEDGE / Sports Features Communications

LONDON: British competitors have been promised no recurrence of the personal tickets fiasco which tainted several medal-winning celebrations at the Beijing Olympics.

High-profile victims of problems obtaining tickets for close relatives included triple-gold cyclist Chris Hoy and double-gold swimmer Rebecca Adlington. Worse, Adlington’s parents had to resort to buying what turned out to be non-existent tickets from a fraudulent internet website.

Lord Colin Moynihan, chairman of the British Olympic Association, followed up a week-long IOC Olympic Debriefing conference in London today by saying that negotiations were well under with the London Games organisers to ensure no such ticketing upset in 2012.

“It is a top priority for us,” said Moynihan, “to ensure that families of our athletes are able to be present to watch them competing in their events and enjoy the Games. The details are to come but discussions have been ongoing between the BOA and LOCOG and the principle has been agreed.”

Moynihan would not comment on whether a decision had been reached over the torch relay whose international legs in London, Paris and other western capital aroused such controversy before this past summer’s Beijing Games. However, it is understood that the relay is likely to be a national event only.

Knowledge management

The Debriefing conference was a feature of a knowledge management programme established after Sydney 2000 to ensure that working knowhow is shared among host cities.

Hein Verbruggen, chairman of the IOC coordination commission, reported on the purpose of the conference and the significant legacies left to Beijing in particular and China in general on environmental, technological and human relations issues.

Ticketing issues were aired by Gilbert Felli, executive director of the IOC, who accepted concerns over the number of empty seats at events which had been reported as sell-outs.

He rejected suggestions that non-take-up by sponsors or over-priced scalping had been among the causes. Instead Felli pointed up issues such over-lengthy and back-to-back sessions as causes which would need addressing by the programme commission.

Lord Sebastian Coe, chairman of LOCOG, insisted that London was better prepared than ever “to deliver a great Games” thanks to the insights provided by the conference. Despite the global economic downturn, he reported that the London budget was “balanced and on target.”



Keywords · Beijing Olympics · Chris Hoy · Rebecca Adlington · Lord Colin Moynihan · British Olympic Association · BOA · IOC Olympic Debriefing · torch relay · Hein Verbruggen · Gilbert Felli · Lord Sebastian Coe


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