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Source: Reuters

By Martyn Herman

Sebastian CoeAs Sebastian Coe walked briskly into a glass-fronted office at the headquarters of London's 2012 Olympic Committee on Monday he passed a grainy black and white picture of the standing high jump at the 1908 Games.

Apart from the outdated technique of the athlete in the photograph taken at London's long-gone White City stadium, the other curiosity was the almost complete lack of spectators.

As tickets for London's third Olympic Games went on sale on Tuesday and a clock in Trafalgar Square began counting down the 500 days before the torch is lit, LOCOG (London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games) chairman Coe is confident that filling seats will not be a problem.

So confident in fact that despite having 6.6 million tickets ranging from 20 pounds ($32.35) to 2012 pounds to shift in what Coe called the third-largest online proposition of all time, he was urging fans to "take their time".

Fans in Britain and the European Union have a 42-day period in which to visit LOCOG's official ticket website (www.tickets.london2012.com) and choose from the 645 separate sessions for the 26 sports at the Games.

One million tickets are also available to overseas fans through their national Olympic associations.

Middle-distance great Coe, known for the smooth acceleration that earned him Olympic golds in Moscow and Los Angeles in 1980 and 1984, said there was no need to sit glued to a laptop on the first day of ticket sales.

"I really hope people don't rush to get their tickets because there's no need to," Coe told Reuters on the 23rd floor of the LOCOG office block that commands views across to the Olympic Stadium and other 2012 venues.

"There is no more statistical chance to get the tickets you want on March 15 than there is on April 26 when the application period closes. The important thing is that people choose the sports, the sessions and the venues they want at their leisure."

Tickets for sessions that are over-subscribed will be allocated by ballot and with 2.5 million tickets priced at 20 pounds or less, and a crack Metropolitan Police team in place to deter fraudsters, Coe is hopeful the seats in the various gleaming venues will be occupied by proper fans.

"Hopefully we'll get the tickets into the hands of the people who really want them at prices they can afford and if you do that they tend to stick in that hand," Coe said.

While tickets to watch Usain Bolt in the 100 metres will be like gold dust, Coe said he was hopeful that even in tough economic times the public would fork out for sports that normally attract little interest in soccer-saturated Britain.

"The opening ceremony has a life of its own and Usian Bolt will be a huge draw. Personally I've always seen the blue riband event as the 1,500 metres but we are also a nation of cyclists and swimmers too and there will be interest across the board," he added.

"I think people will just want a ticket to say they were at the Games that hadn't been in their own backyard for 64 years.

"There is more than a possibility the Games will be a sell-out before the opening ceremony."

 

Source: www.london2012.com

Applications for tickets for the London 2012 Olympic Games opened today for residents of the UK and designated European countries. The application process is open for a six-week period until 11.59pm on 26 April 2011.

The print advertising campaign for Olympic Games tickets features athletes such as Tom Daley and Beth Tweddle, with the tagline ‘The greatest tickets on earth’.

People can apply any time during the 42-day application period via the London 2012 ticketing website or using the paper application form contained in the official ticketing guide, which is available from branches of Lloyds TSB in England and Wales, Bank of Scotland in Scotland and public libraries in Northern Ireland.

Applicants are being asked to bear in mind that it is not a first-come, first-served system, and there is no advantage to applying earlier in the process. 

People who are not a resident of the UK or one of the designated European countries, regardless of citizenship, can apply for tickets from today via their National Olympic Committee (NOC) or Authorised Ticket Reseller (ATR). To find out more, please read the information on ticket eligibility. 

Earlier this year, the London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) published the Olympic Games sports competition schedule, which features 645 separate sessions across 26 Olympic sports. 

There are a wide range of ticket prices available across all sports. Adult tickets start at just £20, and LOCOG has created an innovative 'pay your age' scheme at more than 220 sessions for young people who are 16 and under when the Games start on 27 July 2012. People aged 60 or over when the Games start will pay just £16 at these sessions.


The lowest priced ticket for the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Games will be £20.12, with the highest priced ticket coming in at £2,012.

In the UK, ticket and accommodation packages go on sale today through Thomas Cook branches and their website www.thomascooklondon2012.com

Official on-site hospitality packages also go on sale today through the London 2012 Prestige ticketing programme www.prestigeticketing.london2012.com
        
Applications for Paralympic Games tickets will open on 9 September 2011.

Source: www.insidethegames.biz

By Tom Degun in Barcelona

Carloz Numan,  the president of the Brazilian Olympic Committee.Photo courtesy: zimbio.comCarlos Nuzman, the President of the Rio 2016 Organising Committee, has expressed his desire to show the world and future bidders how the Olympic Games can transform a city for the better.

The Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympics will mark the first time that South America has hosted the event and Nuzman is confident that the Games in Brazil's second largest city will mark a new and exciting chapter for the Olympic Movement.

"I think we won the bid for a multitude of reasons," said the President of Rio 2016 today at the Global Sports Forum here.

"We wanted to lead the bid process without lobbyists, with a small team of six.

"Having the support of all politicians was also crucial for us, they all supported us from day one and they did not want to interfere.

"Our bid was seen as an outside one, nobody foresaw us winning, so we took each step as if it was the last one, telling ourselves that we could only do better.

"Now, my dream is to make Rio an example of a city or country which can change thanks to the Olympics."

Rio faces some huge logistical challenges in organising such a massive sporting event for the first time, not least regarding transport, but Nuzman is confident in the plans that have been set down by the Organising Committee.

"We wanted to avoid all the sites being too close together, so we decided to pick four," he explained.

"Our biggest challenge has been transport.

"The state of Rio will build two subway lines to cross the mountains and the City Council will take care of setting up four bus routes with a high level of service.

"Finally, we have to improve all of our airports."

Security is also a concern but Nuzman feels that the peacemaker unit put in place in 2009 will be able to counter any major threats in the lead up to and during the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games

"Our other main challenge is our commitment to safety.

"In order to succeed, the State Secretary for Security in Rio de Janeiro has already created a peacemaker unit, which since 2009 has been working in the favelas to ensure security during the Olympics.

"I hope that this event will give the world the desire to discover our city and our country."

Source: www.news.bbc.co.uk

By James Pearce
BBC sports news correspondent

Chateau Bethusy Court of Abritration and SportThe British Olympic Association (BOA) is taking its dispute with the organisers of the London 2012 Games to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Based in Lausanne, the court is the final adjudicator in disagreements between sporting bodies or individuals.

The BOA feels it deserves a bigger cut from the organisers, Locog, of any surplus generated from the Games.

BOA spokesman Darryl Seibel said: "We have filed a formal petition seeking to resolve this quickly and equitably."

Initially, the IOC had been asked to adjudicate on the dispute. The BOA's decision to take its case to the CAS will further anger many who argue that the harmony around the Olympic project is being jeopardised to protect the organisation's finances.


Last week the BBC revealed that the BOA has a significant funding gap and does not have enough money to support Team GB during the 2012 Games.

The case will centre on whether the BOA is entitled to a share of the surplus from the Olympics alone, or the Games and Paralympics combined.

This is crucial, because the Paralympics will need to be subsidised, whereas the Olympics could turn in a small profit. Locog is the organising committee for both the Olympics and Paralympics.

Lord Coe, the chairman of Locog, told BBC Sport: "This is a technical, narrow dispute and we will resolve it.


IOC intervene in 2012 cash row

"This has no impact at all on the ability of Team GB or Paralympic GB to be competing. You know we have got great momentum across the project and the relationships are very strong and this will be resolved."

And on Wednesday, Locog issued a statement emphasising that the Olympics and Paralympics must be treated together.

"The vision for London 2012, created by the BOA, Government and the Mayor of London and set out in the bid book is for one festival of sport, with an integrated Olympic and Paralympic Games, underpinned by a single budget," the statement read.

"It is sad that this vision is now disputed by the new leadership of the BOA. We are grateful that the IOC is helping to resolve the issue."

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