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SBD/March 29, 2012/Olympics
U.K.'s Cameron Promising Successful Olympics Despite Questions On Security, Legacy
Published March 29, 2012
AT THE GATE: In London, Jacquelin Magnay noted Rogge has stressed that Olympic ticketing details “would be released soon" and defended LOCOG as a "transparent organisation.” Rogge yesterday said that LOCOG “would release information about the supply of Olympic tickets once all of the venue seating had been finalised.” He said that the delay in providing the information “was for ‘very good reasons’ especially as the football draw had not yet been released.” LOCOG thus far has “refused to release how many tickets have been on sale in the UK or provide a breakdown by session and price, despite attempts by the London Assembly to extract such information” (TELEGRAPH.co.uk, 3/28).
PUBLIC PERSUASION: A survey for the London INDEPENDENT found that more than half of the U.K. public "thinks the London Olympics will not be worth the taxpayers' money that has been spent on them." The poll conducted by ComRes found that 51% of people disagree with the statement that the Games will be worth the $14.8B public cost, 40% agree and 9% replied "don't know." In the 18-24 age group, 58% think the Games "will be worth the money," compared with 32% in the age 35-44 group. ComRes interviewed 1,000 adults by phone from March 23-26. In London, Andrew Grice notes the findings suggest the bill for taxpayers “could become a headache for the Government.” Cameron yesterday “dismissed suggestions that the money would be better spent on social projects for young people, to prevent a repeat of last summer's riots.” Cameron said, “I am proud of the fact that we are coming in on time and on budget." He added, "The Olympics will revitalise local sport in Britain for generations to come." He said on the use of Olympic venues after the Games, "I think it is time to tear up any notion of the Olympics leaving behind white elephants." Rogge said, "London has raised the bar on how to deliver a lasting legacy. We can already see tangible results in the remarkable regeneration of east London. This great, historical city has created a legacy blueprint for future Games hosts" (London INDEPENDENT, 3/29).