Olympic ticketing secrecy is "shameful" says Dee Doocey

Liberal Democrat London Assembly Olympic spokesperson Dee Doocey has branded Locog's handling of the 2012 Games tickets shameful and patronising.

Olympic ticketing secrecy is "shameful" says Dee Doocey
Olympic ticketing secrecy is "shameful" says Dee Doocey

Members of the Assembly met with Locog chair and chief executive Seb Coe and Paul Deighton yesterday (7 March) to discuss the allocation of tickets. 

The organisers were put on the spot over the lack of transparency surrounding the ticketing process, and were questioned as to why only 36% of tickets to the men’s 100m final will be going to the public.

Following the meeting Doocey said: "Locog’s ongoing secrecy over Olympic tickets is shameful. They have already sold over seven million tickets and there is no reason at all why they could not publish today the full details about the price of tickets already sold for each and every Olympic event.

"Their excuses for not publishing this information straight away are indefensible. To claim that the current information would be confusing or provide a partial picture is patronising in the extreme to the public who have paid for the Games."

Meanwhile leader of the Assembly’s Green Group Jenny Jones called for Locog to review its purchasing policies after it was revealed 11 million tickets will be procured from Arkansa, USA, rather than locally in the UK.

"I cannot believe this bid was properly assessed on environmental grounds. It’s the sort of decision that makes a joke of the ‘Greenest Games’ promise, which is unfair on those who worked hard on achievements like the new wetland park," said Jones.

"British businesses could deliver tickets from just down the road or train line. It’s crazy to fly them across the Atlantic."

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