THE UNVEILING OF a giant set of Olympic rings at London’s Heathrow Airport has been overshadowed by reports of a ticketing scam.
British police have revealed they are investigating approximately 30 websites that are illegally selling tickets to the London Olympics, which are set to start on 27 July.
While police have warned the public they could be swindled, London Organising Committee CEO Paul Deighton said culprits will be found and shut down.
“Tickets are an extremely valuable commodity,” Deighton said. ”We want to make sure they get in the right hands in the right way so if anybody in any of these countries has been disobeying the rules then we want to make sure that we get to the bottom of it and deal with it properly.”
Speaking at Heathrow Airport as a huge set of Olympic rings were unveiled, Deighton claimed the well-known symbol would be the perfect way to welcome fans to London.
“We’ve got over 200 nations coming here to compete later on in July and this is the place where we will be creating our first impression as well as our last impression,” Deighton said.
“What better location for these spectacular rings to welcome people when they arrive in London.”