Brits lost out on Olympic tickets - report

Only half of Olympic tickets for popular events went to Brits, according to leaked figures seen by the Evening Standard.

For Usain Bolt’s 100m final, there were only 31,000 home fans in the 80,000-seat venue. Also, only 40% home fans saw some swimming and cycling events and 52% got seats at the opening and closing ceremonies.

The Standard has reported that the leaked figures “show the extent to which the public was squeezed out at the track cycling, swimming, rhythmic gymnastics and opening and closing ceremonies.”

Next week, Locog chief Sebastian Coe will present the first post-Games breakdown of seat sales to the London Assembly. Locog will provide the highest and lowest proportion of UK fans at sessions across the seven most popular sports events.

A Locog spokeswoman said: “We exceeded our targets, and sold over 75 percent of Olympic tickets to the British public.

“We provided the Assembly with detailed information, including a sport by sport breakdown, and will also take further questions at the hearing itself next week”

However, the Standard said that “this was achieved by ordinary fans’ high turnout for lower-demand sports.”

 

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