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Torches and tickets: Olympic ups and downs

With the torch relay route announced, the Olympics organisers are now looking for inspiring people to carry the flame. At the same time, many people are hoping to be inspired at the games, yet they’re left watching their bank accounts with uncertainty.

Nominate a torch bearer

The nominations have opened for worthy candidates. The job: carry the Olympic 2012 torch as it winds its way through the UK.

Cheryl Gillan, Secretary of State for Wales, has put out a call for nominations.

“Each of the 8,000 torchbearers will have a special story behind them,” Gillan said in a press release. “They will represent stories of hope, dedication, determination and courage.”

The torch will arrive in Wales in exactly a year’s time this week, starting in Cardiff, before heading to Swansea, Aberystwyth and Bangor.

To make a nomination, go to the Olympic website or call 0800 111 6448. Nominations must be made by 29 June.

Ticket uncertainty

Many people across the UK applied for tickets to the 2012 games. Now, they’re left waiting and watching their bank accounts.

Locog, the ticketing provider contracted by Olympic organisers, recently sent out an email to applicants who are still waiting:

The vast majority of payments will be taken by next week (31 May), with the entire process completed by 10 June. We will contact you before 24 June to let you know if you have been successful and, if so, which tickets you have been allocated.

That leaves many ticket applicants uncertain if they’ll nab a seat at any of the events they applied to attend.

However, the same email send out to applicants attempted to reassure them that there will be more opportunities to buy tickets:

There will be another chance to apply for tickets – we are calling this ‘second chance sales’.

If you have not been allocated any tickets in the initial process, you will have the first chance to apply for tickets. This will be followed by a further chance for those who were allocated some or all of their ticket requests.

Second chance sales will include tickets for lots of great sport including Basketball, Beach Volleyball, Boxing, Canoe Sprint, Cycling (Women’s Mountain Bike), Football, Handball, Hockey, Taekwondo, Volleyball, Weightlifting and Wrestling. So there are plenty of other chances to be part of the greatest show on earth.

Are you watching your bank account in anticipation? 


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