Local students and troops are getting free tickets to the London Games after blocks of prime seats were left empty at some
of the Olympic venues, organizing chief Sebastian Coe said Sunday. (July 29)
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(Track: Video of the Olympic cauldron and AP stills of seats)OLYMPIC FANS ARE STILL WONDERING WHERE IS THE FLAME…IT IS THE 2ND FULL DAY OF COMPETITION AND THE FIRE BURNS ALONE INSIDE THE STADIUM.NOW PEOPLE ARE WONDERING WHY THERE ARE LOADS OF EMPTY SEATS.SOUNDBITE (English) Andy Holland, 25, market researcher, from St Helens, UK"It is frustrating for people who actually want to see some events."PEOPLE ALL OVER THE WORLD COULD SEE ON T.V. THE OPEN SPOTS INSIDE THE AQUATIC CENTER.SOUNDBITE (English) Svitlana Kurochkina, 26, financial analyst, from New York"I was really hoping yesterday to see Michael Phelps because I'm from America but but obviously tickets were not available online but obviously yet there seem to be a lot of spaces there. Unfortunate."(Track: AP photo)FOR THE SECOND DAY IN A ROW, LONDON 2012 ORGANIZERS ARE DEFENDING THEMSELVES.(From MPC: 24 hour rule)SOUNDBITE: (English) Lord Sebastian Coe, London 2012 chairman"This is rather early in this whole process, this is not unfamiliar in the preliminary rounds and I'm not sure that naming and shaming is what we're into at the moment."(Standup: Mark Carlson)ORGANIZERS SAY IT WON'T BE A LONG TERM ISSUE, BUT THE GAMES ARE ONLY 2 AND A HALF WEEKS LONG TO BEGIN WITH.ATHLETES AND COACHES ARE WANTING MORE PEOPLE TO CHEER THEM ON. SOUNDBITE: (English) (Lord) Colin Moynihan, British Olympic Association chairman:"We need every seat filled, we owe it to the team, we owe it to British sports fans the length and breadth of the country, to make sure that they get the opportunity to come on this unique occasion at the Olympic Games."(track: AP photos)SINCE IT IS HARD TO PREDICT WHO IS GOING TO SHOW UP AND WHO IS NOT, LONDON OLYMPIC ORGANIZERS ARE GOING TO PUT THE HEAVILY STAFFED MILITARY PERSONEL TO WORK…FILLING EMPTY SEATS.THEY ARE ALSO HOPING TO GIVE SPOTS TO LOCAL TEACHERS AND STUDENTS.MARK CARLSON, AP, LONDON.(****END****) ANCHOR VOICE: mark carlson-------------------------VIDEO PRODUCER: mark carlson---------------------------VIDEO SOURCE: ap/Main Press Center-----------------------VIDEO APPROVAL: ----------------------------VIDEO RESTRICTIONS: Under no circumstances may Olympic Material be distributed on the Internet or via any other interactive media and/or wireless devices, including but not limited to within regularly scheduled news programs that are streamed or otherwise made available via an archive on the Internet. Notwithstanding the foregoing, footage of any official press conference organized by the IOC or LOCOG and held in the Main Press Center in London may be used in such manner but only on a delay of at least thirty (30) minutes from the conclusion of the press conference and only if such material is removed from the Internet within 24 hours.