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Olympic cross country already a sellout

April 28, 2011

The cross country phase of the three-day event at the next year's London Olympics is among the first sessions to be confirmed as a sellout at the Games.

Eventing gold medalist Hinrich Romeike and Marius at the 2008 Olympic Games. © Kit Houghton/FEI
More 20 million Olympic tickets have been sought in the application process for tickets across all events at the Games, which closed this week.

Games organisers said the equestrian cross country, track cycling, rhythmic gymnastics, triathlon, modern pentathlon, and the opening and closing ceremonies will become the first sellout events.

The strong public demand for those events will mean ballots will be required to determine who will be offered tickets. Ballots will also be required for most of the sessions in swimming and tennis.

Games organisers said the 20 million ticket requests were made by about 1.8 million people.

Over half of the 650 sporting sessions in the Games will ultimately have to go to a ballot, the organisers say.

Over 95 per cent of applications were from Britain.

Applications were received for every session, every sport, across every price point.

Organising committee chairman Sebastian Coe said: "We are thrilled with the response right across the board, in all sports and all sessions.

"Certain events have seen massive demand - for example the Opening Ceremony, which is more than 10 times oversubscribed, so there will understandably be disappointment and we will find a way to go back to those people with other tickets.

"What is most encouraging is that the majority of applications are for multiple tickets and for several sports, which shows that friends and family are planning to go to the Games together."

The organisers are urging people to beware of unauthorised websites which claim to sell tickets to London 2012.

It is illegal to sell Olympic and Paralympic tickets without the Games organiser's permission and if there are any doubts about the validity of a website, there is a website checker which will show whether the website is genuine or not.

The ticketing process opened on March 15, with 6.6 million tickets on sale.



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