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IOC Executive Board looks into Olympic Games ticket sale model

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05/12/2012

During its two-day meeting that concluded today, the IOC Executive Board (EB) heard reports concerning some of the challenges related to what was overall a successful London 2012 ticketing programme.

The IOC Ethics Commission made a report based on revelations by the Sunday Times concerning possible breaches of the IOC’s Code of Conduct by National Olympic Committees (NOCs) and Authorised Ticket Resellers (ATRs).

The British newspaper had carried out an undercover investigation into violations of the ticketing agreements between NOCs, ATRs and LOCOG in the run-up to the London 2012 Olympic Games.

The Executive Board approved the Ethics Commission proposed recommendations, which were based on a thorough analysis of the evidence provided by the Sunday Times and several hearings.

Given that the Olympic Charter does not allow for sanctions to be issued to individuals performing functions within NOCs, the EB tasked the four NOCs whose officials clearly tarnished the reputation of the Olympic Movement to take measures in the form of warnings and/or reprimands. Should they fail to do so, it is at the discretion of the EB to initiate further measures, such as denying accreditation to IOC events, including the Olympic Games, the Youth Olympic Games and Sessions.

The EB also approved recommendations made based on the reports provided by the organisers of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

These include immediate measures on an administrative level for a number of NOCs that include no ticket resale opportunities, change of ATR solutions and reduced consideration for ticket allocations with regard to the Sochi 2014 and Rio 2016 Games.

The EB committed to reviewing the existing ticket sales model to ensure that such situations, particularly those involving the NOCs and ATRs, do not reoccur in the future.

As such, the IOC has already begun to review possible long-term solutions by creating a Task Force designed to issue any possible recommendations to the IOC Executive Board for consideration by May 2013.

Read the Ethics Commission report here.

 

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