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Bringing It Home Strong: Jacques Rogge Happy With London Games So Far
Published August 9, 2012
LINE UP: In London, Josh Loeb notes with “only days remaining Olympic fans are queuing up to get the last tickets of the Games.” Today’s first tickets cost $55-1560 “depending on the event and seat location,” and they “went up for grabs” at 12:00pm local time (London INDEPENDENT, 8/9). Ticket sales for the Paralympics “have surpassed 2 million since the start of the Olympics.” Organizers report that more than “600,000 tickets sold in the past month, taking total sales to 2.1 million and exceeding the previous record of 1.8 million set four years ago.” The Paralympics start on Aug. 29 (AP, 8/8).
SHOW YOUR SUPPORT: In London, Ashling O’Connor notes U.K. government officials “have been urged to seize a ‘once-in-a-lifetime opportunity’ and use the euphoria generated by the Olympics to tackle a host of social problems before it is too late.” Sports organizations, businesses and charities yesterday “called for action after Sir Matthew Pinsent, the four-times Olympic rowing champion, said that Britain must avoid the fate of Australia, which failed to capitalise on the enthusiasm of the 2000 Sydney Games.” The warnings “came amid fears that government funding will be severely reduced for athletes preparing for Rio 2016” (LONDON TIMES, 8/9).