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Jul 29, 2012

Olympics-Ticket scandal overshadows Games opening

LONDON, July 29 (Reuters) – Olympic organisers scrambled on
Sunday to quell a scandal over depressing TV images of
half-empty stands at the London Olympics as a government
minister said an urgent inquiry had been launched to identify
just who had failed to show up, and why.

Fans from all over Britain who had been charmed by the
Olympic publicity offensive, but were let down by a complex
ballot system, were outraged by footage of empty seats at key
venues including Wimbledon – one of the hottest tickets in world
tennis.

Jul 29, 2012

Ticket scandal overshadows Games opening

LONDON (Reuters) – Olympic organizers scrambled on Sunday to quell a scandal over depressing TV images of half-empty stands at the London Olympics as a government minister said an urgent inquiry had been launched to identify just who had failed to show up, and why.

Fans from all over Briton who had been charmed by the Olympic publicity offensive, but were let down by a complex ballot system, were outraged by footage of empty seats at key venues including Wimbledon – one of the hottest tickets in world tennis.

Jul 28, 2012

London organizers investigating empty seats

LONDON (Reuters) – London’s Olympic organizers launched an investigation into empty seats on the first day of the Games on Saturday.

On a school holiday and after months of public complaints over the inability of thousands in Britain to buy tickets, Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt, the minister responsible for the Olympics, said he was disappointed by the empty seats and that the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG) were looking into it.

Jul 28, 2012

Olympics-London organisers investigating empty seats

LONDON, July 28 (Reuters) – London’s Olympic organisers
launched an investigation into empty seats on the first day of
the Games on Saturday.

On a school holiday and after months of public complaints
over the inability of thousands in Britain to buy tickets,
Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt, the minister responsible for the
Olympics, said he was disappointed by the empty seats and that
the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG)
were looking into it.

Jul 28, 2012

Queen drops in to rapturous reception at park opener

LONDON (Reuters) – Fresh from her starring role in the opening ceremony, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth explored the Olympic Park on Saturday, bringing extra magic to the experience of visitors from around the world checking out the venues for the first time.

While workers dismantled the set from Danny Boyle’s triumphant opening ceremony in the Olympic stadium, the queen surprised park visitors by riding the lift to the top of the tangled red Orbit Tower and giving a wave to roaring fans in the Aquatics Centre as she appeared on the results screen.

Jul 28, 2012

Olympics-Queen drops in to rapturous reception at park opener

LONDON, July 28 (Reuters) – Fresh from her starring role in
the opening ceremony, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth explored the
Olympic Park on Saturday, bringing extra magic to the experience
of visitors from around the world checking out the venues for
the first time.

While workers dismantled the set from Danny Boyle’s
triumphant opening ceremony in the Olympic stadium, the queen
surprised park visitors by riding the lift to the top of the
tangled red Orbit Tower and giving a wave to roaring fans in the
Aquatics Centre as she appeared on the results screen.

Jul 27, 2012

Olympics-World awaits eccentric and exuberant London ceremony

LONDON, July 27 (Reuters) – The world’s spotlight turned to
London’s Olympic Stadium on Friday where the opening ceremony
kick starts the 2012 Games with an eccentric and exuberant
celebration of British history, art and culture.

Thousands of people began to file into the state-of-the-art
arena in the Olympic Park, a sprawling network of sporting
venues, athletes’ accommodation, media centres and restaurants
built in a previously run-down area of London’s East End.

Jul 27, 2012

World braces for eccentric and exuberant London ceremony

LONDON (Reuters) – The world’s spotlight turned to London’s Olympic Stadium on Friday where the opening ceremony kick starts the 2012 Games with an eccentric and exuberant celebration of British history, art and culture.

Huge crowds flocked to the state-of-the-art arena in the Olympic Park, a sprawling network of sporting venues, athletes’ accommodation, media centers and restaurants built in a previously run-down area of London’s East End.

Jul 27, 2012

Olympics-World braces for eccentric and exuberant London ceremony

LONDON, July 27 (Reuters) – The world’s spotlight turned to
London’s Olympic Stadium on Friday where the opening ceremony
kick starts the 2012 Games with an eccentric and exuberant
celebration of British history, art and culture.

Huge crowds flocked to the state-of-the-art arena in the
Olympic Park, a sprawling network of sporting venues, athletes’
accommodation, media centres and restaurants built in a
previously run-down area of London’s East End.

Jul 26, 2012

Mix ‘em, match ‘em, trade ‘em, obsess about pins

LONDON (Reuters) – The Games have not started yet, but trading from the far corners of the earth in Olympic pins of every shape and size is already fast and furious at the entrance to London 2012.

Men, women and youngsters from Canada, China, Greece, the United States and elsewhere have already begun gathering at the gates to the Olympic Park to take part in a collecting obsession that stretches back decades for some.

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      "Paul Casciato has been a correspondent and editor for Reuters News Agency since 1992. He has reported and edited a wide range of political, general news and business stories that run the gamut from war to wage inflation. He has reported from Toronto, New York, London, Dublin, Jerusalem, the West Bank, Kenya, Tanzania, Washington, the Balkans, Kuwait, Bahrain and Iraq. He is currently in charge of lifestyle news for Europe, the Middle East and Africa."
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