2012 Olympics Organizers Now Collecting Ticket Payments

June 1, 2011

Unlocking Word Meanings
Read the following words/expressions found in today’s article.

1. majority (n.) – the number larger than half of the total
Example: The president won because majority of the people voted for him.

2. postal order (n.) – money that is sent through mail
Example: Most stores in far places receive payments through postal order.
3. allocate (v.) – to assign or set apart something for a particular purpose
Example: Most of government fund is allocated to education.

4. overload (n.) – a situation in which the load is in excessive amount
Example: Five computers will overload the electric system.

5. first come, first served (idiom) – a kind of service wherein people are served according to the order they arrived
Example: Late comers might not get tickets because they are serving on a first come, first served basis.

Read the text below.

Organizers of London Olympics 2012 have started collecting payments from people who applied for tickets for the big event. In their report, 60% of applications were processed last May 25 and majority was finished on May 31. They are expecting to complete the whole process on June 10.

Emails have been sent announcing that payments from successful applicants are now being taken through their Visa cards, bank checks, or postal orders. Those who will successfully purchase tickets will be informed on June 24 regarding the event allocated to them.

Some groups criticize this ticketing system as unfair because people will only get to know which event they can watch until after the payments have been deducted from their accounts.

In defense, Keith Mills, chairperson of the organizing committee, explained that the system is designed to avoid an overload of ticket reservations. Organizers recently reported that they have received more than one million applications for the Men’s 100-meter event set in August 5, 2012.

To address situations like this, organizers will set a second round of sales in which failed applicants are given priority.  The sale will be on a first-come-first-served basis and any remaining ticket will be sold to the public at the end of the year.

Ticket prices for the event ranges from 20 to 725 pounds. Organizers are expecting a profit of £500 million from ticket sales, filling part of the £2 billion they are raising through private sponsors.

Viewpoint Discussion
Enjoy a discussion with your tutor. 

Discussion A

·         What do you think are the advantages and disadvantages of the first-come-first-served system?
·         If you were one of the organizers in the London Olympics, would you agree to the ticketing system? Please explain your answer,

Discussion B

·         Do you think it is reasonable to charge ticket fees for events in the Olympics? Why or why not?
·         Should the government help in lowering the ticket prices for events like the Olympics? Please explain your answer.

June 1, 2011