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Libya not getting Olympics tickets yet, organizers insist

From Alex Mohacs, CNN
The IOC will delay its release of London 2012 tickets to Libya.
The IOC will delay its release of London 2012 tickets to Libya.
  • The International Olympics Committee will not hand over tickets until the situation is clear, it says
  • London organizers say they have an obligation to give tickets to all member countries
  • Gadhafi and his family are barred from the UK in any case, the government says

London (CNN) -- The International Olympic Committee will not give any tickets to Libya's Olympic Committee "until the current situation becomes clearer," it said Wednesday.

The statement comes on the heels of public fury in Britain over reports that members of Libya leader Moammar Gadhafi's family will get tickets to the Olympics in London next year.

The British organizers of the games told CNN Wednesday that Libya's national organizing committee, "not an individual, has been allocated a few hundred tickets which they are responsible for distributing to sports organisations and athletes within their country."

London organizers have "an obligation" to sell tickets to national Olympics committees of countries that compete, they said in a statement.

But that did not mean that Libya has the tickets, the IOC said.

"To be absolutely clear, no tickets have been printed or paid for," IOC communications director Mark Adams said.

The IOC will retain its "wait and see policy" of withholding Libya's tickets "until we can be absolutely certain that the tickets can be used correctly," he said.

And the British government said key Gadhafi regime figures would not be allowed into the country anyway.

"Gadafi, his son and key figures in the current Libyan Government are banned from entering the EU and will not be coming to the Olympic Games," the Department of Culture, Media and Sport told CNN Wednesday.