Rebecca Adlington’s family to hold draw for elusive Olympic tickets
Double Olympic champion Rebecca Adlington is holding a draw to decide which family members get London 2012 tickets
Rebecca Adlington’s mum claims her family will have to draw names out of a hat to watch the double Olympic champion defend her titles at London 2012.
All Team GB members receive two tickets for their first round appearance at the Games from the British Olympic Association and can also buy two tickets to every session they compete in from London 2012 organisers.
Adlington’s parents famously lost £1,305 when they bought seats for the Beijing Games from an unauthorised reseller and were reliant on swimming’s world governing body to get them into the Water Cube to watch their daughter claim her second gold in the 800m freestyle.
“Two tickets is great, but, being greedy it is not enough. It would be nice to have more,” Kay Adlington told press agency Sportsbeat.
“With it being the home Olympics, more people want to go – sisters, brothers and grandparents – so we could do with getting our hands on a few more.
“Picking and deciding who gets to go is tough for the athlete and it is something that they should not need to be concerned with.
“They do worry about it because it’s the close family network that has helped them to get where they are.
“We have been their support mechanism for so many years and they want those people who have been involved to be there and experience the whole thing with them.
“We have tried to take that away from Becky and say, look, we have the two tickets and will put everyone’s name into a hat and draw the lucky ones out. Two different people for the heats and final is how it could be.
“Most sportspeople that are going to be involved want as many tickets as possible. They all want everybody there but the athletes should just concentrate on what they have to do.”
David Hoy, whose son Chris has won four cycling gold medals, recently claimed he was struggling to get hold of tickets to watch him compete in London.
He claimed not enough was being done for families and that his son was being forced to choose between his wife and parents for the two seats at his disposal.
But world 400m hurdles champion Dai Greene had his ticketing problems solved when a fan contacted his girlfriend on Twitter and offered her a number of seats he had picked up from an authorised foreign ticket agency.
However, Olympics minister Hugh Robertson has insisted two tickets at each round for families is fair.
“There is a balance here between athletes and their families, and the general public and the sponsors,” he said.
“The simple fact is we have not got enough tickets as we have seen from the ticketing process, with 24.5 million people wanting them and only 6.5 million to give out.
“All athletes will get two tickets for each round. They do, of course, have the option of going into the ballot and they will have another opportunity in the next round.
“It means your whole extended family won’t be able to come and watch every single event. But I think the balance is about right. I am the Olympics minister and I cannot get my son in an event, everyone wants Olympic tickets.
“We are not going to keep everybody happy but, in the circumstances, I believe athletes are receiving a reasonable amount of tickets.”
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