No Olympic refunds if weather means events are postponed

Jul 11, 2012

Olympic gossip: Organisers prepare for 'wettest Games ever', torch streaker charged

The London 2012 Olympics could be the "wettest summer Games ever", according to Metro, but spectators will not be offered refunds if events are called off. Organisers say that postponing events would be the "absolute last resort" but admitted that if it happened fans, paying up to £2,012 for seats, would only be offered replacements for rescheduled events. Forty per cent of seats at the Olympic Stadium are uncovered and organisers have ordered 250,000 ponchos to sell to spectators. Five meteorologists have also joined the team at the Olympic control centre.

Tenants in an east London towerblock have lost their bid to prevent surface-to-air missiles being stationed of the roof during the Olympics after a judge threw out their appeal for a judicial review, reports The Daily Telegraph. Residents of Fred Wigg Tower are fearful the missiles could make them the focus of a terror attack, but Mr Justice Haddon-Cave said the residents had been under "something of a misapprehension" over the nature of the equipment and the risks it posed.

The Daily Telegraph has resurrected concerns over 'Plastic Brits', athletes born overseas who represent Team GB, after carrying out research that showed 11 per cent of Britain's Olympians were born abroad. The vast majority are dual nationals who have joined Team GB since London was awarded the 2012 Games. Others were born to British parents outside Britain or gained citizenship through residency. Andy Hunt, chief executive of the British Olympic Association, insisted: "There are no Plastic Brits", and said citizenship was harder to come by than in most countries. "I think our team is massively representative of Great Britain in 2012,” he added.

A streaker who ran naked alongside the Olympic torch has been charged with indecent exposure. Daniel Leer, from Henley-on-Thames, was arrested as he ran past crowds that had gathered to watch Sir Steve Redgrave row down the Thames with the torch. The 27-year-old, who had Free Tibet, written on his back was released on bail after being tackled by officers. Last week security officers tackled a boy on a bike who got too close to the torch.

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