Government splashes out £750,000 on Olympic tickets

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.


Culture Secretary ... Jeremy Hunt

Culture Secretary … Jeremy Hunt


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.

Hunt, the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport, said: “The first point to make is that this is less than 0.1 per cent of all tickets and none of them are going to be given away to civil servants or politicians.”

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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2 reacties op Government splashes out £750,000 on Olympic tickets

  1. Isabel Blanco zegt:

    Wow dus toch ik had al zo’n vermoeden een Spelen zonder schandaal is geen Spelen

  2. alex zegt:

    Beste Alex reactie’s op artikels ouder dan een jaar zijn niet mogenlijk er ging iets mis dus kom je auto-spam in vandaar.

    In ieder geval bedankt voor jouw moeite.

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