MPs issue warning over London 2012 legacy

MPs said it was "a shame that so few tickets for popular events were available to the UK public". Credit: John Giles/PA Wire

A group of MPs have issued a warning to the public and private sector to protect the legacy of London 2012, from maintaining the volunteering spirit to ensuring that a £2bn Lottery donation is repaid.

The Public Accounts Committee said lessons can still be learned from the Games despite the country's "undoubted triumph" in hosting the Olympics and Paralympics.

The MPs said too few tickets were made available to the public for the box office Olympic events and described the pre-Games G4S security fiasco as a "sorry episode" and "notable blemish" on Britain's hosting duties.

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London 2012 legacy warning

Lessons can still be learned from hosting London 2012 despite the event's "undoubted triumph", MPs have said. They warned the Games' volunteering legacy risks "fizzling out", while the Lottery's £2bn Olympic Park donation may not be repaid.