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Coe vows to fill stadiums

ACTION: Seb Coe has promised to ensure the unused seats are filled

THE DISAPPOINTING aspect of London 2012 has been the empty seats and LOCOG boss, Seb Coe has vowed to fill them.

Coe said the empty places would be given to troops and students as the bad press about the situation continued.
Gymnastics and tennis were among the events where banks of unused seats were visible.

He said: "I don't want to see swathes of seats empty and will make sure we can do everything we can to fill them.

"For example we looked at gymnastics today and could see empty seats in the accredited area so were able to move some troops so they were sitting there this morning enjoying the gymnastics.

"But let's put this into perspective - those venues are stuffed to the gunwales."

He continued: "We can clearly sell more tickets, which we did yesterday. We sold something like 1,000 tickets over three sessions. The other thing is we can tactically upgrade and move people."

More tickets had gone on sale but again the website crashed as it had earlier this year. Many had suggested that the non-attendees were mostly corporate sponsors with many companies releasing statements to say that ‘it wasn’t them’.

IOC communications director Mark Adams insisted that sponsors were not to blame for the problems.

He said: "It's completely wrong to say this is a sponsors issue. It's a whole range of people - federations, athletes, some media, a handful of people, largely speaking the sponsors are in other areas.

"A majority of sponsors have turned up."

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