INVESTIGATION INTO ‘BLACK MARKET’ OLYMPIC TICKET SALES
Sunday June 17,2012
By Roddy Ashworth THE International Olympic Committee has begun an inquiry into newspaper claims that foreign officials and agents have been selling tickets for the London 2012 Games on the black market for up to 10 times their face value.
A Sunday newspaper alleged thousands of tickets for showpiece main events, including the men’s 100-metre final, were being offered for sale.
The IOC warned it would impose its “strongest sanctions” on officials from any country found to have profited from sales.
It called an emergency meeting after being presented with a dossier of the two-month investigation’s findings on Friday.
Countries could be banned from selling tickets for future Olympics if their officials are found to have been involved in the sales of tickets.
It is claimed tickets were siphoned off from official supplies held by overseas national Olympic committees.
The IOC said it “takes these allegations very seriously and has immediately taken the first steps to investigate.”
Should any irregularities be proven, the organisation will deal with those involved in an appropriate manner
It added: “Should any irregularities be proven, the organisation will deal with those involved in an appropriate manner.”
The IOC will also consider a complete shake-up of how Olympic tickets are distributed among member countries.
The national committees are forbidden to sell their tickets abroad. However, the newspaper said undercover reporters posing as envoys of a Middle Eastern ticket tout found 27 officials and agents who were willing to trade.
These reportedly included one country’s official ticket agency which, it was alleged, offered category AA tickets, the best seats in the stadiums, to the fake tout for up to £6,000 each.
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