By Claire West
On the day that tickets went on sale for the 2012 Olympic Games the clock that had only just been unveiled to ‘countdown’ until the start of the games stopped, causing red faces all around.
Launched at an event yesterday attended by LOCOG Chair Seb Coe, Mayor of London Boris Johnson, OMEGA ambassador and world champion heptathlete Jessica Ennis and President of OMEGA Stephen Urquhart, the clock started counting down to the evening of the 27 July 2012 in days, hours, minutes and seconds until today’s glitch.
An Omega spokesperson said; "'We are obviously very disappointed that the clock has suffered this technical issue. We are currently looking into why this happened and expect to have the clock functioning as normal as soon as possible."
Tickets for the London 2012 Olympic Games are now on sale around the world. In the UK and within the EU, people can apply for tickets between 15 March and 26 April 2011. 6.6 million tickets will be on sale to the public from 15 March.
The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games published its sport schedule earlier this year, with 645 separate sessions currently planned across 26 Olympic sports. The sport takes place against the backdrop of iconic London with venues such as Horse Guards Parade (Beach Volleyball), Wembley Stadium (Football), Greenwich Park (Equestrian and Modern Pentathlon) and Lord’s Cricket Ground (Archery), as well as the new venues currently under construction at the Olympic Park in east London.
LOCOG Chair Sebastian Coe commented: 'This is a momentous moment for all involved in London 2012. This starts the journey for those who have been dreaming of getting hold of an Olympic ticket since the day we won the bid in 2005 - these really are the greatest tickets on earth. In the UK, people have 42 days to make their application and I urge everyone to take a look at what sports are available on what days and make their choice. If any sessions are oversubscribed we will run a ballot which we think is the fairest way of allocating tickets.'