Olympic ticket misery continues

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More than half of Olympic tickets applicants are set to be disappointed as the deadline for payments closes today.

Approximately 1.8 million people applied for 6.6 million tickets but given that the average ticket application was for 10 tickets, it's predicted one million Olympic fans are still ticketless.

Original estimates predicted that 250,000 applicants would be unsuccessful but the actual figures could be much higher, with BBC London claiming 55% of ticket hopefuls failed to secure a single ticket.

The London 2012 Organising Committee of the Olympic Games, LOCOG, is unwilling to release exact figures or details of the events that are still available because tickets are still on sale.

"We are still taking payments until 10 June so no details will be revealed of what is left until after," says a LOCOG spokesperson.

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So what can you do if you still haven't got a golden – or any – Olympic ticket?

First-come first-served in July
Unsuccessful applicants will have the chance to bid for any unclaimed tickets in July on a first-come first-served basis and LOCOG stresses only those who have already registered with the public ballot will be able to bid for tickets.

Ticket exchange next year
There will then be another chance to buy tickets from the official ticket exchange website, which will be set up in 2012 and allow over-subscribed ticket holders to sell back extra tickets they don't need. More details will be announced in due course.

Thomas Cook is the official Olympics short-breaks partner and still has a number of packages available for less popular sports. Prices range from a £129 per person to see the gymnastics final and the rhythmic gymnastics individual all-round final, plus a night's stay at the Ibis hotel, London Heathrow, to £3,299 per person for a two-night package staying at the five-star Sheraton Park Tower hotel with tickets to the men's 100 metre final. Go to thomascook.com or call 0844 412 5959 to check availability.

Free events
Marathon spectators are expected to line the streets of London and soak up the atmosphere. And like the annual London Marathon, there is no need to register or pay for tickets. Road cycling, walking races and the cycling part of the triathlon are also free to watch.

Test events
Some test events this summer are on sale to the general public on a first-come first-served basis via Ticketmaster. Go to www.ticketmaster.co.uk/londonpreparesseries or call 0844 248 5079. Prices vary between £5 and £35 but like Olympic tickets they can only be paid for using a Visa card.

Ticketed events are as follows:
Mountain Biking: 31 July, Hadleigh Farm, Essex
Beach Volleyball: 9-14 August, Horse Guards
Basketball: 16-21 August, Basketball Arena, Olympic Park
BMX: 19-20 August, BMX track, Olympic Park

Paralympic Games
Applications for tickets to the Paralympic events will be taken from 9 September at tickets.london2012.com

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