Unwanted Olympics Tickets To Be Available To U.K. Public
At least half of the hundreds of thousands of unwanted Olympic tickets returned from sponsors and foreign countries "will be offered for sale to the U.K. public," according to Jacquelin Magnay of the London TELEGRAPH. A LOCOG spokesperson said "it was only right" that overseas countries that bought the tickets through their National Olympic Committees, sponsors and rights-holding broadcasters, had the chance to buy and sell tickets within their original allocation of 12% of all Olympic tickets. The spokesperson said, "We will not leave them on the [sponsors'] portal for ages if other countries [or sponsors] don't buy them. There is no chance they will loiter around for ages, we will get them into the hands of the British public" (TELEGRAPH, 7/11).