Libyan Olympic Committee Receives Tickets to 2012 Games

Posted June 15th, 2011 at 1:50 am (UTC-5)
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Organizers of the 2012 Olympic Games in London have given hundreds of tickets to the Libyan National Olympic Committee, despite Britain's involvement in a NATO military operation against Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi.

Olympic officials say they are required to give tickets to every member state recognized by the International Olympic Committee, and that the Libyan committee, not an individual, received the tickets for distribution to the country's sports organizations and athletes. The Libyan National Olympic committee is headed by Mr. Gadhafi's son Mohammad.

British officials told The Daily Telegraph newspaper, which first reported the grant of the tickets to Libya, that they fear the embattled Libyan leader could try to disrupt the event and create a diplomatic spectacle, although Mr. Gadhafi is currently under an international travel ban and arrest warrant.

The newspaper says tickets were also allocated to Zimbabwe and Burma.

Thousands of Britons tried unsuccessfully last week to secure tickets to the event.