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SBD/May 9, 2012/Olympics
Next Phase Of LOCOG Ticket Sales Gives Preference To Those Who Missed Out Earlier
Published May 9, 2012
FOR THEIR OWN GOOD: Also in London, Jacquelin Magnay reports British Cycling President Brian Cookson “expressed his disappointment at the new announcement of charges, and said one of the key attractions of road cycling was its free access for spectators.” He claimed that LOCOG “was trying to recover some costs of providing facilities.” Cookson said, “There is a cost in managing the venue and LOCOG is recovering that cost and keeping it to a minimum, but we would prefer it was free.” Magnay notes Olympic officials have “staggered the release of the tickets on Friday to try to circumvent the anger that accompanied the earlier ticket ballots where two in three applicants failed to secure any.” But if all of the eligible applicants apply for tickets, “at least three-quarters of them, or close to a million applicants, will be left disappointed” (London INDEPENDENT, 5/9).