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Footage Of Opening Ceremony Rehearsal Removed From YouTube
Published July 27, 2012
TIME CRUNCH: In Abu Dhabi, Paul Oberjuerge reported the UAE Football Association President Yousuf Al Serkal said that "the UAE football team will not march" in the Opening Ceremony Friday, citing the length of the event and how late it will finish. The football team accounts for 75% of the Emirati athletes at the London Games, but they will have played the previous night, in Manchester, traveled to London on Friday morning and have a crucial match with Team Great Britain looming on Sunday. Al Serkal expects that "the Emirati athletes entered in individual competitions will march in the parade of nations at the opening gala" (THE NATIONAL, 7/26).
EMPTY SEATS: In London, Booth & Gibson reported that the Opening Ceremony "has not sold out, raising the prospect of empty seats" when the London Games begin. Tickets remain on sale to the general public on the website of the LOCOG, and a telephone salesman working for the organizers confirmed to the Guardian that "tickets are available in groups of up to four." Tickets for the ceremony "have been considered among the most desirable" of the Games, and even people who would seem to have a strong claim to attend have been denied tickets (GUARDIAN, 7/26).