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London 2012 Olympics: Mayor misses out on tickets

  • 1 June 2011
  • From the section London
Media captionLord Coe said Mr Johnson would have another chance in the second round

Mayor of London Boris Johnson has missed out on London 2012 tickets for his family.

Mr Johnson was one of those who found out on Wednesday if their bid for the 6.6 million available tickets was successful.

Entering the ballot and not getting the tickets made him "proud to be British", he said.

He joked that no other country in the world would reject the mayor of the host city's application for tickets.

"But I suppose there are thousands of Johnsons who apply, how are they supposed to know," he said.

'Insulting intelligence'

Money started being debited from successful applicants' accounts at midnight on Tuesday.

Many people who requested tickets in the first round of applications have received only a small number of tickets and some will receive none.

Liberal Democrat London Assembly member Dee Doocey accused the mayor of hypocrisy.

"He has access to every Olympic sport throughout the Games, and he is still refusing to publish details before the Games start of how he would allocate hundreds of tickets," Ms Doocey said.

"The Mayor is insulting the intelligence of Londoners to pretend that he will be just sitting on the sidelines."

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