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Time: 16:21 23 May 2011

Ministers consider change to Olympic ticket rules

23rd March 2012

A ticketing policy which would mean newborn babies could be seated far from their parents at Olympic venues during this summer's Games could be reversed.

Controversy recently broke out after it emerged that those who bought Olympic tickets before realising they were pregnant would be forced to buy extra tickets for their babies, without a guarantee they would be seated nearby.

But it now appears that Olympics minister Hugh Robertson is to force the London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) to scrap this policy, meaning those with young children can book their rooms in central London hotels safe in the knowledge they can take their little ones with them when they attend the Games.

The debate over ticket policy was raised in the Commons when Labour MP Dame Joan Ruddock recounted how a constituent who secured tickets last year before falling pregnant found her plans to watch the Games thrown into chaos, reports the Press Association.

"She expects to have a few-weeks-old baby at the time of her events," she said.

"When she contacted LOCOG, she was told to purchase an extra seat for the baby - but the seat could not be guaranteed next to the parents.

"Given airlines are able to allow babes in arms at 35,000ft, surely it would be possible in a stadium?"

Responding to Dame Ruddock's comments, Olympics minister Hugh Robertson branded the situation "absurd" and said a change in policy was likely.

"I don't think I will even attempt to defend that one. The organising committee are considering this exact issue," he said.

"At the moment, it is clearly an absurdity and a solution will be found."

Meanwhile, today (March 22nd) saw the unveiling of the official Team GB Olympic kits.

Designed by Stella McCartney, the kits were modelled by athletes including Jessica Ennis, Phillips Idowu at an unveiling at the Tower of London.


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