LETTER: I share Olympian’s views over Games tickets

Michael Barnsdale

Michael Barnsdale

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I share the opinion of three times Olympian Bradley Wiggins.

I, like many others, have applied and failed to get any tickets for any of the chosen sports I wanted to see, such as athletics, swimming and track cycling.

We were told it would be the people’s Olympics with millions of tickets available.

What disappoints me is there was no provision to guarantee there would be tickets available to the thousands of volunteers who support the sport.

Every coach and unpaid official is on databases which can be checked. There should have been a system in place to reward those who have given thousands of hours over many years to sport.

I have been involved in sport from the grassroots to an international athlete and GB age group duathlete for 25 years.

I have raised thousands for different charities by organising road races and competing in events.

Nene Valley Harriers supported me when I came into sport, and in turn I have volunteered for them in many positions, including chairman.

I feel the sport has let the many volunteers down that support it.

What are we left to watch?

I would encourage you to go and watch the events that are free, ie the marathon, cycle road race, triathlon, but be prepared to stand with 50,000 plus others on the streets of London.

I am disappointed but not lost to sport.

MR M BARNSDALE

Low Road

Spalding