Indians can get tickets for London Olympics through IOC: Coe

Updated: Mar 16, 2011, 11:23 AM IST

London: Indians interested in witnessing the
2012 London Olympics can get tickets from the Indian Olympic
Committee, Chairman of the Games Organising Committee Lord
Sebastian Coe said.

"Indian fans will be interested to witness their
sportsmen and women in Track and Field, Shooting, Wrestling
and Hockey as witnessed at the recent Delhi Commonwealth Games
and they could get tickets from the Indian Olympic Committee,"
Lord Coe said here last night.

A total of 8.8 million tickets will be on sale for the 26
sports featured. In addition to the 6.6 million tickets on
sale in the UK from today -- 500 days before the start of the
Olympic Games -- up to one million tickets are available for
sports fans outside the UK via National Olympic Committees and
and their Authorised Ticket Resellers.

Authorised Ticket Resellers have now been confirmed and a
full list of them is available on the London 2012 ticketing

"Customers outside of the UK should contact their local
National Olympic Committees to find out details of ticket
sales in their country," Lord Coe said.

The first phase of ticket sales will be handled
exclusively through an online request process, beginning today
and runs through April 22, 2011, at 12 midnight Eastern.
During this request phase, all applicants will have an equal
chance of being awarded their requested tickets.

In all there will be 26 sports, 34 competition venues and
645 sessions. Two-thirds of tickets are priced at 50 or less
and 2.5 million tickets at priced at 20 or less.

"This is a momentous moment for all involved in London
2012. This starts the journey for those who have been dreaming
of getting hold of an Olympic ticket since the day we won the
bid in 2005 - these really are the greatest tickets on earth,"
Lord Coe said.

"In the UK, people have 42 days to make their application
and I urge everyone to take a look at what sports are
available on what days and make their choice. If any sessions
are oversubscribed we will run a ballot which we think is the
fairest way of allocating tickets," he added.

There are also venues outside London, with sport taking
place at Weymouth and Portland (Sailing), in Essex (Cycling -
Mountain Bike), and Football taking place at grounds
throughout the UK including Old Trafford in Manchester,
Hampden Park in Glasgow and the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff.

"We will also welcome fans from around the world, here
supporting their athletes. I`ve often said that those athletes
will find a home crowd waiting for them already in London, the
same goes for the supporters," Lord Coe said.

"London will be a fantastic place to be in the summer of
2012, with a unique atmosphere and we look forward to
welcoming the world to our city and to the UK. There is a huge
range of tickets available, to see the best athletes in the
world competing. My message is simple - be there.”

"We want this to be the greatest show on earth, not the
greatest scam on earth, and we want these tickets to be bought
by genuine sports fans, who want to be part of London 2012. I
would urge caution, be sure about where you are buying tickets
from and if they are not an official ticket seller, be safe
and don`t take a chance."