POSTED: March 20th 2010

Vancouver closing ceremony ramps up pressure for London answers on tickets

Dee Doocey has a guided tour of the Olympic Park from David Higgins, chief executive of the Olympic Delivery Authority
Dee Doocey has a guided tour of the Olympic Park from David Higgins, chief executive of the Olympic Delivery Authority

KEIR RADNEDGE / Sports Features Communications

LONDON: The closing ceremony this weekend of the Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver will open up London 2012 organisers to greater pressure over ticket sales.

London politicians have already demanded that the 2010 organisers clarify sooner, rather than later, how many tickets really will be available for members of the public to purchase and at what prices. Games organisers had responded that details would be published once the Games in Vancouver had ended.

The overall total of seats for Olympic events in London is 9.2m but a spokesman for London 2012 had said: “The tickets for International Olympic Committee staff, officials, partners and sponsors will significantly reduce the number of seats available for the public."

Latest demands for clarity, from the London Assembly's economic development, culture, sport and tourism committee, are in response to common concerns about the number of tickets allocated to sponsors, commercial partners and officials.

Committee chair Dee Doocey said: “The key issue is simple: How many people will be ahead of the average Londoner in the queue for Olympic tickets? LOCOG needs to be open and transparent about how many tickets are going to be available for the public and how many are going to be reserved for the Olympic family?”

Other questions to which the Assembly has demanded answers included how any possible stand-by scheme for unused tickets might work and who, if anyone, would count as a priority group for preferential or low-cost tickets.

Keywords · London 2012 · Vancouver · Winter Olympics · IOC · International Olympic Committee

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