London 2012 Olympic tickets hit by further confusion

Officials at the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG) have confirmed it will be at least next week before money for 2012 tickets begins to be deducted from accounts.

LOCOG had initially planned to start taking money today, May 10th, but has been hit by higher demand for some events that expected.

Ballots to allocate tickets to oversubscribed events will now continue until the weekend, LOCOG confirmed.

Ticket holders will then be notified from May 16th.

Consumer groups have complained about this latest additional confusion.

Under the allocation process money will be withdrawn from accounts before ticket holders are informed of precisely which tickets they have purchased.

While LOCOG says it will inform patrons as soon as possible which tickets they have acquired, the organisation will only commit to a deadline of June 24th.

However, all monies will be withdrawn by June 10th.

In total some 20 million applications were made for the 6.6 million tickets.

More than have of the session are oversubscribed, with ballots to decide who gets tickets ongoing.


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