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Olympics Organizers ‘Dealing With’ Unused Games Seats, IOC Says

July 29, 2012

The International Olympics Committee said it will act to avoid a repeat of large numbers of allocated seating at some London Games venues being unused.

The issue which was apparent during events on the opening day is a “small teething problem,” IOC spokesman Mark Adams told the BBC in an interview today.

“We will deal with it, we are dealing with it; we are getting to grips with this,” Adams said.

U.K. Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt said Locog, the organizing committee, is looking “very urgently” at the use of empty seating.

“Locog are doing a full investigation into what happened,” Hunt told the BBC. “I think it was accredited seats that belonged to sponsors, but if they’re not going to turn up, we want those tickets to be available for members of the public, because that creates the best atmosphere.”

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