London 2012: Olympic Games chiefs criticised over ticketing secrecy

16:00 17 March 2012

Blame Games: Olympic organisers have been accused of secrecy. Picture by John Hercock

Blame Games: Olympic organisers have been accused of secrecy. Picture by John Hercock


Olympic Games organisers have been asked to make assurances that there will not be repeat of the fiasco which dogged its online ticket resale process earlier this year.

Customers logging on to Locog’s website hoping to sell on their unwanted tickets in January were unable to do so after it was suspended on the day of launch for technical reasons.

The site was re-opened two weeks later after Locog changed the resale process to buy tickets directly. They will be sold onto the public in April.

This came after it emerged 10,000 tickets for the synchronised swimming events were oversold.

The London Assembly has now asked Locog to explain what testing was carried out on the re-sale system, which was run by Ticketmaster, and what lessons have been learnt.

It’s report Sold Out, compiled over two years, also draws attention to the secrecy surrounding Locog’s ticketing arrangements.

The company, not subject to Freedom of Information laws, will not provide a detailed breakdown of how many tickets have been sold at what price for each event.

Dee Doocey AM, from the London Assembly, said: “It is completely unacceptable that an organisation that only exists because of a huge investment of public money can hide behind its status as a private company to avoid questions it does not like.

“Locog is putting public confidence at risk by refusing to provide a complete breakdown of how many tickets were available for each event.”

Those who missed out on Olympic tickets at the last sale will receive first refusal when the next batch - amounting to 1.3 million - is made available.

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
2 3 4 5 6

Latest London news

Monday, November 30, 2015
A doctor wears a badge next to her stethoscope in support of the Junior Doctor's contract (Picture: PA Images)

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt told Parliament this afternoon that a ‘potential agreement’ has been reached between the British Medical Association (BMA) and the government that could lead to strike action being suspended.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...


Nike Trainers

Nike’s motto is ‘to bring inspiration and innovation to every athlete in the world.’ With this in mind it’s no surprise why Nike is the preferred training gear for most A-list athletes. Get an extra boost in your run or height in your jump with £500 to spend on Nike trainers.

Read more
MAC Makeup

MAC are renowned for their flawless, fabulous make up that is used worldwide by the stars. You too can have the chance to have the perfect makeup to suit your needs with £1,000 to spend on all the glam goodies you like!

Read more

Latest Tech News