THE Government has splashed out nearly £750,000 on tickets to the London Olympics, it emerged today.
The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) bagged 8,815 seats for next year’s Games.
And unlike the thousands who missed out during the frenzied application process the department got ALL the tickets they asked for, it was reported today.
Almost two thirds of the 1.9million people who applied in the six-week first round of Olympic sales ended up empty-handed.
DCMS’s allocation was only revealed after a freedom of information request by Sky News.
Among the tickets Jeremy Hunt’s ministry bagged were 213 tickets to the Opening Ceremony costing £194,525.
Among these 41 are the most expensive – setting the taxpayer back a whopping £2012.12 each.
Other pricey events include athletics, track cycling, beach volleyball – and the closing ceremony.
A total of £29,530 was spent on diving tickets where Brit hopeful Tom Daley will bid for gold in 10-metre synchro and 10-metre platform events.
The Government insists the purchases will benefit the taxpayer.
A DCMS spokesman added: “These will be used to invite and accompany a number of international and domestic political and business leaders, as well as guests with a close connection to the Games and its legacy.”
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