Hundreds of empty seats at the London Olympics draw huge criticism
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Hundreds of empty seats at the London Olympics draw huge criticism

London : United Kingdom | Jul 31, 2012 at 2:39 PM PDT
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The London Olympics 2012 are underway and so far, spectators are nowhere to be seen in the hundreds of empty seats which are being witnessed at the sports

The Britons are facing a bit of an embracing situation at the London Olympics 2012 as there are hundreds of empty seats to be seen at all the sports competitions, showing mismanagement. According to the latest reports, military personnel were asked to fill up the seats at the London Olympics at a very short notice. Sixteen days before the event started, the organizers of the London Olympics 2012, had asked the government to provided around 3,500 military personnel to provide security for the games and the same is being done to fill up the seats now.

Before the start of the games, most of the common people who applied for the tickets, missed out on the opportunity to avail them and there were several complaints registered about the allocation process of the tickets. Even though there was talk of massive public demand of the tickets and the sold-out seats, still the empty seats are being witnessed at the London games, which is a very strange situation. On the first day of the Olympic games 2012, there were a number of empty seats at events like swimming, dressage, tennis, gymnastics and volleyball.

Many people are outraged by the situation including the U.K. Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt. Hunt said that the sight of so many empty seats was very disappointing and outrageous. Hunt said according to ITV News; "I was at the Beijing Games, in 2008, and one of the lessons that we took away from that, is that full stadia create the best atmosphere, it's best for the athletes, it's more fun for the spectators, it's been an absolute priority."

Pictures of the empty seats at the Olympic games have been circulating over the internet and especially on Twitter. A number of people have showed their disappointment and resentment over the situation via their tweets and now the organizers of the games are taking notice of the situation. The London 2012 organizers LOCOG said that it was looking into the situation and trying to resolve it. Officials at the LOCOG mentioned that most of the empty seats belonged to the families of the athletes and other corporate sponsors. The organizers also said that this was a temporary situation as people figured out their logistics and other problems sorted out, and that in the coming days, these seats will hopefully be filled up.

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Spectators at today's dressage event. (CARL COURT/AFP/GettyImages)
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