Rogge defends ‘fair’ London 2012 ticket system

IOC President Jacques Rogge says the huge demand for tickets to

watch the 2012 London Olympics means it’s ”unavoidable” that some

people will be left disappointed.

Rogge defended the ticketing system Monday, saying he was

”amazed by the success and the popularity of the ticket sales”

despite hundreds of thousands of people missing out completely in

the much-criticized first lottery-style allocation.

There were 22 million requests for 6.6 million available

tickets, with 1.2 million applicants getting nothing.

Rogge says the system put in place by London organizers ”is a

fair system. It is a good balance between the international and the

national.”