9 Mar 2012

Olympics organisers accused of obsession with secrecy

2:52 pm on 9 March 2012

London Olympics organisers were accused of being "obsessed with secrecy" during a grilling by lawmakers over ticketing policy yesterday after they refused to provide details until after this summer's Games.

At the London Assembly, the London organising committee's chief executive Paul Deighton and chairman Sebastian Coe were repeatedly accused of a lack of transparency in ticket pricing and allocation.

The pair hit back by saying the situation was evolving and complicated, and it would be misleading and inaccurate to give details at this stage with four million Olympic and Paralympic tickets still to be sold.

Disquiet has grown among London politicians and British media about LOCOG's perceived lack of transparency.

Members are concerned that after seven million tickets have been sold, it is still not clear how many have been sold for each event and at what price, making it impossible to verify that cheaper tickets have been spread out equally across all events and not just dumped on the least popular sports.

There are also concerns that the best tickets for events such as cycling have been reserved for sponsors.