Extra Olympics tickets on sale

Hundreds of extra Olympics tickets have gone on sale overnight after the organisers of London 2012 contacted international federations who have not used their allocations.

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IOC denies responsibility for Olympic seat reservation policy

The International Olympic Committee denied any responsibility for the empty seats that have been visible at many of the Olympic venues.

The London 2012 organisers, LOCOG, have said that the empty seating areas are reserved for athletes and officials - something they are obliged to do under IOC rules.

Today, Mark Adams of the IOC said this policy was not being reviewed:

We're happy with the way Locog are dealing with it. Our bit [area of responsibility] is the way that our tickets are given to national Olympic committees, how they sell tickets in other countries as opposed to home countries.That has nothing to do with accredited areas because they are not ticketed.

– Mark Adams, ioc

BOA Chairman: Olympic ticketing requires a 'huge investment'

Lord Moynihan, the chairman of the British Olympic Association, has urged the International Olympics Committee (IOC) to learn from a ticketing problem he said had dogged the previous three Games in Sydney, Athens and Beijing.

It is time to stop the blame game and also to recognise that this is such a major and complex issue ... This requires huge investment. We're not talking £100 million-£200 million. The IOC have now got to take the lead and make sure the investment is in place for a state-of-the-art ticketing policy. It is our view that LOCOG are working exceptionally hard to try to sort out as many of the challenges associated with ticketing as possible.

– Lord Moynihan, BOA chairman

BOA calls for revamp of rules for Olympic seating

The British Olympic Association called on the International Olympic Committee (IOC) today to completely revamp its ticketing policy for future Games.

London 2012 has become the latest Olympics to be plagued by empty seats in sold-out events, leading to criticism of the Games organisers.

They blame the empty seats on their obligation, under IOC rules, to reserve blocks of seating for Olympic athletes and officials without any indication as to whether they will turn up to claim them.

The BOA has yet to raise the issue with the IOC but is planning to do at its post-Olympics debriefing.

Man arrested on suspicion of touting Olympic tickets

A 37-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of selling tickets without authority at the Olympic rowing event at Eton Dorney this morning, Thames Valley Police say.

The man was arrested shortly after 8.30am having been detained by security staff at the transport hub at Windsor Racecourse. He remains in police custody.

Supt Andy Standen, the Silver Commander of the policing operation, said: “Members of the public are reminded that tickets are not available at the venues and anyone caught selling tickets may be liable for arrest.”


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