Sebastian CoeThe London 2012 Organising Committee today confirmed that tickets for the London 2012 Olympic Games will go on sale on Tuesday 15 March 2011, and Paralympic Games tickets will go on sale on Friday 9 September 2011.

Olympic Games tickets will be on sale for six weeks, until 26 April 2011, enabling people to consider their options before making final choices and submitting their application. Tickets for oversubscribed sessions will be allocated via a ballot process.

Applications for tickets can be made at any point during the six-week period – tickets are not allocated on a first come, first served process.

LOCOG Chair Sebastian Coe commented: 'On 15 March, the application process opens to be part of the greatest show on earth. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the world’s greatest athletes going for gold in the UK – a chance for people to see their favourite sport and perhaps try a new one. Our message today is simple – mark the date in your diary and sign up to our ticketing site at to receive all the information you need to help you with the process.'

LOCOG will announce full details of the purchasing process and the finalised schedule for all 650 sport sessions in February 2011. The two million people who have already signed up to the London 2012 ticketing database will receive all the information about how to apply and use their existing log-in details to access the application process.

Further details of the application process for Paralympic tickets will be announced later this year, with prices announced in May 2011.


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Rio 2016 Olympic Games LogoThe Organising Committee for the Rio 2016 Games unveiled its Olympic Games logo yesterday evening at an event held on the famous Copacabana beach.

International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge, Rio 2016 Organising Committee President Carlos Arthur Nuzman, Brazil's Minister of Sport Orlando Silva and Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes were present for the launch of the logo, which was designed by the agency Tátil, based in Rio de Janeiro.

The unveiling was also attended by millions of spectators who were on the beach to enjoy the annual end-of-year fireworks.

Tátil won the right to design the logo after a tough selection process that initially involved 139 bidding agencies. These were eventually whittled down to just eight agencies (four from Rio de Janeiro, two from São Paulo and two from Curitiba), who had their creative designs evaluated closely on the basis of brand originality, creativity and applicability.

The Rio 2016 Games will be the first Games to take place in South America.

Find out more about the new logo on the Rio 2016 website: