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SBD Global/July 26, 2012/Olympics
Many Athletes Say They Won't Attend Opening Ceremony Because Of Late Start
Published July 26, 2012
NO NEED TO SHOUT: Also in London, Oliver Pickup wrote with just two days until the Opening Ceremony, the BBC's Dir of London 2012 Roger Mosey has insisted he maintains a "great relationship" with Boyle and added that there had been no rows. Speculation "has been rife that the Slumdog Millionaire film director is fuming over the corporation's suggestion that there should be television commentary over the course of the £27M ($41.9M) extravaganza." It is thought Boyle is "worried that the constant talking will disrupt the viewers' experience," so he has demanded that the BBC refrain from voice-overs while filming the ceremony. BBC presenter Huw Edwards, who will perform most of the commentary, "held private discussions" with Boyle in hopes of "smoothing over the issues" around the show, named "Isles of Wonder." The BBC -- who has hinted that there may be a “no commentary” option for cable and satellite viewers -- and a separate production company "will also be filming the ceremony, and yet more commentary will be provided by Hazel Irvine and Trevor Nelson" (TELEGRAPH, 7/25).
REFUNDS OFFERED FOR DIVING TICKETS: In London, Robert Booth reported LOCOG is offering refunds "on up to 4,800 tickets" for the diving competition after it was discovered the design of the Olympic Aquatic Centre "means divers jump out of view." LOCOG will repay fans with tickets in 600 seats for all eight sessions "of the high board event." The organizing committee "did not tell ticketholders in the £30-50 ($46-77) seats that they had an obscured view" when tickets were sold. LOCOG is emailing the seat holders today "offering three options: a refund now; a refund on the day if they decide to leave the event because of diminished enjoyment; or a refund even if they stay for the whole session" (GUARDIAN, 7/25). Also in London, Andy Hampson noted Olympic organizers have said that all ticket-holders "have been warned about this in advance." LOCOG Dir of Sport Debbie Jevans said, "Nobody will miss any of the action, and if there is any seat that is slightly obscured the ticket-holder is advised of that, so there are no secrets in that regard." Jevans also dismissed concerns that some competitors and officials have "found it too warm inside the venue," stating that the temperature complies with governing body regulations (INDEPENDENT, 7/25).