- London 2012 organisers take tickets from international sporting federations and resell them to the public online
- David Cameron: I ‘totally share the frustration’ of spectators without tickets
- Troops, teachers and students drafted in to fill gaps in crowds
- Athletes’ parents turned away from swimming and tennis events after technical glitch
Spectators who fail to take their seats within 30 minutes of the start of an Olympic event could lose them under plans being considered by Games organisers.
Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt said the new rule was being explored after many events began in half-empty stadia as sponsors and delegates failed to show up.
In an attempt to pack venues, London 2012 organisers Locog have taken some 3,000 Olympics tickets from international sporting federations and put them ‘back in the pot’ to be bought by members of the public.
Locog, which has already drafted in troops, teachers and schoolchildren to fill gaps in the crowds, hopes to continue offering tickets for resale as the Games progress.
Mr Hunt told BBC Radio 4′s The World At One that a possible 30-minute rule was being considered.
He said: ‘Well that’s what we’re looking at doing.
‘We’re looking at whether we are able to do it, but we are hosting this event under a contractual arrangement that we have with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and sports federations and so we do have to respect what we’ve agreed to contractually in order to get London to host the Games.’
Deserted: Countless rows of seats were left empty at the cross country competition in Greenwich Park today -
provoking yet more outrage from fans unable to get a ticket for the event