Hundreds of thousands of 2012 tickets unsold

CHAIRMAN of London’s Olympic organising committee Lord Coe has moved to clarify that hundreds of thousands of tickets will be available in the upcoming second ballot.

Over 55 per cent of applicants were left empty-handed following the first round of sales and although they are to be given priority second time around Lord Coe sparked confusion yesterday when he suggested only 100,000 tickets would be up for grabs.

But Coe later confirmed: “I said hundreds of thousands. Let there be no ambiguity, there are hundreds of thousands of tickets available in the second phase.”

Meanwhile, Lord Coe admitted London organisers fell short in their attempts to provide a green Olympic flame at next year’s Games. Organisers Locog and sustainability partners EDF Energy had planned to have a low-carbon torch.

But at the launch of the golden torch prototype, which saw former Olympic champions such as Denise Lewis attend (left), Lord Coe admitted his organisation failed to meet the deadline.

“We got within touching distance but ran out of time,” he said. “Hopefully it’s not work that will be wasted, maybe for Rio [in 2016].”