Families with tickets to next year’s Olympic Games could find themselves unable to attend events unless organisers change their admissions policy, London Liberal Democrats have claimed.
Baroness Dee Doocey, the party’s London Assembly Olympic spokesperson, says current booking conditions impose by the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games require the ticket “purchaser” to attend each event, making it difficult for families to share tickets.
According to Doocey, LOCOG are also proposing that if the lead ticketholder can no longer attend an event, all tickets for that event must be returned.
Doocey made the claims on Monday during the Second Reading of the London Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (Amendment) Bill in the House of Lords.
Commenting after the debate, she said: “If LOCOG proceeds with this policy there will be literally thousands of very disappointed families come next Summer.
“For example there are many legitimate reasons why a father or mother who bought Olympic tickets earlier this year for their family will not be able to actually attend themselves on the day.
“Why should a whole family be penalised for change of circumstances facing the lead ticketholder?”
Doocey said she understood the need to combat ticket touting but called on LOCOG to “go away and came back with alternative plans to ensure that come next Summer thousands of families are not bitterly disappointed.”