London 2012

Government - no records

No documents regarding ticket sales for certain Olympics sessions

By Orla Chennaoui.   Last Updated: 08/02/12 12:00pm

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Sir Chris Hoy: Ticket details for events at the Velodrome this summer have not been held by the DCMS.

Sir Chris Hoy: Ticket details for events at the Velodrome this summer have not been held by the DCMS.

The Government department responsible for the Olympic Games has admitted it holds no documents relating to the allocation of London 2012 tickets to the public, despite signing off an extra £41 million for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies.

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport oversees the £9.3 billion budget for the Games but admits it does not know how many tickets were made available to the public - and for which events.

The revelation comes amid growing frustration that the organisers of the Games, LOCOG, refuse to reveal which premium tickets were available through the public ballot.

When asked by Sky Sports for information on two of the cycling finals, the event with the fewest number of tickets, the DCMS said it "holds no information about tickets sold for specific sessions of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

"The information we do hold relating to ticketing, as provided by LOCOG is the data which is already in the public domain."
Department for Culture, Media and Sport. Quotes of the week

"The information we do hold relating to ticketing, as provided by LOCOG, is the data which is already in the public domain."

Accountability

The lack of public accountability for ticketing means the only way to ensure tickets were allocated fairly is if LOCOG volunteers the information, something which they have so far refused to do.

Track cycling will be held at the velodrome and was sold out in the first round of ticket sales. The velodrome is the smallest venue on the Olympic park with a capacity of 4,200 when 'seat kill' is factored in (seats made redundant by media positions and the presence of large screens).

Depending on how many tickets were held back for sponsors and dignataries, the actual number of tickets offered through the public ballot may have been very small.

Despite the fact this should make calculating the number of publicly-bought seats much easier, LOCOG have also refused to reveal the exact figure for the same two cycling sessions.

Ticketing has been the most controversial aspect of Olympic preparation, with two thirds of those who applied in the initial ballot left empty-handed.

LOCOG has always insisted the system was fair yet remains unwilling to say how tickets for the prime events, such as cycling and athletics, were allocated between the public and sponsors.

At the Sydney Olympics in 2000 it emerged that only 14 category 'A' tickets for the diving final were made available to the public.

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