International Olympic Committee Takes Action on London Games Ticket Abuses

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Abuses of the sale of tickets by some national Olympic committees to authorized resellers at the London summer Games may lead to changes at future Olympics, the International Olympic Committee said Wednesday after considering news reports that uncovered the corruption.

The Sunday Times of London carried out an undercover investigation into violations of the ticketing agreements between the national commitees, the resellers and the London Organizing Committee in the run-up to the London 2012 Olympic Games. Some families bought tickets from authorized resellers and traveled to London to discover their tickets had been canceled because they had been sold by Olympic officials in violation of the code of conduct. Some of the visitors spent many thousands of dollars on air fares and hotels.

The IOC Executive Board received a report from its Ethics Commission based on the Sunday Times reports.

 

“Given that the Olympic Charter does not allow for sanctions to be issued to individuals performing functions within NOCs, the Executive Board tasked the four NOCs whose officials clearly tarnished the reputation of the Olympic Movement to take measures in the form of warnings and/or reprimands,” the IOC said in a statement Wednesday.

“Should they fail to do so, it is at the discretion of the EB to initiate further measures, such as denying accreditation to IOC events, including the Olympic Games, the Youth Olympic Games and Sessions.

“The EB also approved recommendations made based on the reports provided by the organizers of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

“These include immediate measures on an administrative level for a number of NOCs that include no ticket resale opportunities, change of ATR solutions and reduced consideration for ticket allocations with regard to the Sochi 2014 and Rio 2016 Games.

“The EB committed to reviewing the existing ticket sales model to ensure that such situations, particularly those involving the NOCs and ATRs, do not reoccur in the future.

“As such, the IOC has already begun to review possible long-term solutions by creating a Task Force designed to issue any possible recommendations to the IOC Executive Board for consideration by May 2013.”