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08 Jul 2011

People who obtained tickets for the 2012 Olympics in the initial first round ballot are getting an opportunity to buy seats for more events.

Some 1.5 million tickets for football, 40,000 for volleyball and 8,000 for freestyle wrestling are available.

They are being sold on a first-come first-served basis in a process which finishes at 1800 BST on 17 July.

Some 700,000 people can buy tickets. Another 150,000 people ordered tickets in an earlier "second chance" phase.

Those tickets went to people unsuccessful in the initial first round ballot.

In total more than 3.5 million Olympic tickets have now been sold, the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Locog) says.

The available tickets for football, volleyball and freestyle wrestling cover 58 sessions and 130 price categories. All other sports have no availability.

The football tickets include men's and women's matches at Wembley Stadium, London; City of Coventry Stadium; Millennium Stadium, Cardiff; Hampden Park, Glasgow; St James' Park, Newcastle; and Old Trafford, Manchester.

Football made up the bulk of the tickets available in the second-chance sale as the matches are played in large venues.

The volleyball tickets are for men's and women's sessions based at Earls Court, while the freestyle wrestling is taking place at Excel in east London.

Another major round of ticket sales will take place in early 2012.

A full list of available sessions and price categories have been published on the official 2012 website.

Some UK residents are finding tickets are still available from the national Olympic committees of other participating countries in the European European Economic Area and the European Free Trade Association area.

Locog says people should be aware of bogus websites when searching for tickets from overseas sources and urged them to use the London 2012 website checker to verify the sellers are genuine.

On Thursday London 2012 chairman Lord Coe urged the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to return any unwanted tickets after "phenomenal and unprecedented" demand in the UK.


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