Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Public Treated Unfairly in Games Ticketing Fiasco, Say Londoners

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Public Treated Unfairly in Games Ticketing Fiasco, Say Londoners

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Byline: Matthew Beard Olympics Editor

Evening Standard OLYMPICS COUNTDOWN 395 days to go ONLY 16 per cent of Londoners feel the Olympic ticketing process -- which has left more than a million people emptyhanded after the ballot -- was fair, a survey for the Standard has revealed.

Support for next summer's Games in London has also fallen slightly, to 67 per cent, during the row over ticket allocation, according to a poll of 1,000 adults by TNS Omnibus. This time last year, a BBC London poll found 73 per cent in support of the Games.

The findings will be a further blow to Olympics organisers, Locog, who have been plagued with complaints since 6.6 million tickets went on public sale three months ago.

In today's poll, 59 per cent branded the process "unfair", compared to the 16 per cent who thought otherwise. Six per cent applied and got what they wanted, while a further six per cent received tickets but not their first choice. One in five got nothing and 68 per cent did not even try for tickets.

Locog will hope the level of support for the event lifts ahead of next month's celebration to mark to year to go until the opening ceremony.

Asked how positive they felt towards the Games, "regardless of tickets", 22 per cent felt very positive, 31 per cent were fairly positive and 20 per cent felt neither. Eleven per cent felt fairly negative, while 15 per cent were very negative.

Only 27 per cent felt confident London's transport system would cope with the added pressure on road and rail, with 54 per cent saying the network would not be able to manage. In a "second chance" sale last week for those who missed out in the ballot, all but four sports sold out. However, 15,000 applicants found that tickets they thought they had purchased were not available. The only tickets remaining at the second chance stage are for football, volleyball, freestyle wrestling and Greco-Roman wrestling.

Critics have claimed ballot applicants who got tickets for one sport should have been sent to the back of the queue for other sports they applied for, to improve the chances of others. …

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