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News, information and stories about the 2016 Brazilian Olympic Games and the Olympics in general.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Spurs Fight On

The BBC reports that, despite having their appeal rejected last week, Tottenham will return to the High Court for an oral hearing for a judicial review of the decision to award the Olympic Stadium to West Ham.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

The Olympic Ticket Farce

The Independent reports that that more than 15,000 people, who missed out on the original London 2012 ticket ballot last month, have failed for a second time to secure a ticket after taking part in the second round first-come first-served ticket sale.

There will be a third "opportunity" to buy tickets in December.

However, why go through the stress and expense of trying to buy tickets?

Why not simply watch it in comfort in front of the TV?

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Monday, June 27, 2011

La Grande Olympic Ticket Farce

Unsurprisingly, the second round UK Olympic ticket sale has again failed to live up to the hype spewed forth by Locog.

Despite being heralded as an opportunity for British sporting fans to buy tickets, it transpires that sporting fans from the EU have also been snapping up tickets (even though their countries had already been allocated tickets).

For why?

EU free trade rules prohibit EU citizens from being excluded.

Figures from the first round ballot of tickets show that EU citizens managed to obtain 150,000 tickets. Figures are not yet available for the second round.

It's a funny old world where British fans/taxpayers (who are subsidising this event) are treated so shabbily by Locog.

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Friday, June 24, 2011

Second Chance Ticket Shambles

Those who missed out on tickets for the Olympics the first time round now have a second chance (as from 6am this morning) to buy some of the remaining tickets.

However, as with all things IT Olympic there appear to be some glitches in the processing of payments etc. Some hapless purchasers have reported that their payment attempts were bounced by the system.

The word "shambles" is being used by many.

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Friday, June 17, 2011

Greed - Locog Ban 2012

The Isle of Wight County Press reports that Locog had banned Julie Benson from using the year "2012" in the logo of her show, The Great Exhibition 2012 (designed to represent the best in the country in arts, culture, food and sport).

For why?

Locog claimed that 2012 "widely refers" to next year's Olympics, and if Ms Benson used the date it would interfere with its ability to raise funds from sponsors.

Ker Farking Ching!

Unsurprisingly Ms Benson was unimpressed with Locog's greed, given that she has been working on the exhibition plan for 12 years (long before Britain won the rights to host the games).

There is now some good news for Ms Benson, following a public outcry over Locog's greed they have backed down and have now allowed her to use "2012".

As I have stated many times, the Olympics is not about sport but about money.

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Monday, June 13, 2011

Quel Dommage!

Those of you who experienced problems accessing the London 2012 UK ticket site, in the last hours before the deadline for applications, may sympathise with hopeful ticket purchasers in France who cannot access the French Olympic Committee's official reselling agent's Eventour2012 site.

The site crashed at the very moment it first opened today at 8am BST.

Needless to say, the Brits are being blamed for the first day crash. It seems, according to the Telegraph, that there was such a rush of British expats to pre register that the French site could not cope and fell over.

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Thursday, June 9, 2011

The Golden Cheesegrater

Congratulations to London 2012 organisers, who have unveiled the Golden Olympic torch that will be used to carry the Olympic flame around Britain next year in the run up to the 2012 Olympics.

Aside from the fact that (as it is studded with holes) it looks like a giant cheese grater, it also apparently fails wrt its green credentials.

Seemingly organisers had led people to believe that the torch would be the first low carbon one.

Guess what?

They reneged on their promise, it isn't!

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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Guess Who's Coming To Dinner?

How "nice" to read that Septic Bladder and the "elite" of FIFA will be staying at five star hotels, and enjoy chauffeured vehicles and best seats at the blue riband events during the 2012 London Olympics.

Septic Bladder will have a free chauffeur driven car, on call for 24 hours a day, which will use the special Olympic lanes in London. Bladder's family members will be given special passes that entitles them to all events, and they will be able to stay at the Hilton Hotel on Park Lane.

The Olympics is not about sport, but about money and junkets; FIFA will feel right at home here!

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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

"Value For Money" Olympics Tickets

In the event that you are one of the million people who unsuccessfully applied for tickets from Locog, for the 2012 Olympics, do not despair.

You can still by tickets for prime events at the games.

For example, in the event that you want to attend the 100m finals you can buy tickets (minimum of 10) for a corporate hospitality package costing a "mere" £270K for 10.

Value for money by anyone's standards!

As Locog said, they wanted the ticketing application process to be as fair as possible!

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Friday, June 3, 2011

Overnighters

During the London 2012 Olympics rules relating to deliveries to businesses and shops will be relaxed, and overnight deliveries will be permitted.

Despite the fact that the ban on overnight deliveries is in place in order to prevent residents being disturbed, the Olympics takes priority as roads will need to be kept clear during the day so that they can be used by athletes and Olympic VIPs.

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Thursday, June 2, 2011

Sebastian Coe Evades A Ticket Question

Sebastian Coe has evaded a question posed to him by the Telegraph about the shambolic ticketing process.

10. How much interest is Locog earning on the ticket revenue?

A. Any income received from ticket sales forms part of Locog's £2billion budget to stage the Games. We constantly balance our income with our costs
.

In the event anyone within Locog actually knows the answer to this, and has the guts to answer it, please let me know.

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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

250,000 Miss Out On Olympic Tickets

Those of you who applied for tickets for the London 2012 Olympics, but who failed to get any (estimated by the Telegraph at being around 250,000) may take some comfort in the fact that neither Boris Johnson (Mayor of London) nor Jeremy Hunt, the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport appear to have been allocated any either.

However, it is quite likely that these two gentlemen will be able to attend the games; as the government has applied for 9,000 tickets (for VIPs and civil servants) and local authorities have also been allowed to buy tickets (outwith the ballot, using taxpayers' money)

Did Locog not tell these queue jumpers that the daft ticket ballot procedure that they designed was meant to be fair?

Olympic Medals won during the Beijing 2008 Olympics

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