Gaddafi 'will not attend games'
Wednesday 15 June 2011
Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi will not be coming to the London 2012 Olympics, the Government said today.
His son Muhammad al-Gaddafi, who is head of Libya's National Olympic committee (NOC), has been given "a few hundred" passes to the Games, London 2012 said.
This will not mean that Gaddafi will get to the Games as members of his regime would be hit by an EU travel ban.
Prime Minister David Cameron's official spokesman said: "The fact is that Gaddafi, his family and key members of that regime are subject to a travel ban and won't be allowed to travel here to the Olympics in any event".
He said it was "a decision for the IOC, not for us" what tickets were allocated to Libya.
Britain is currently part of Nato military action against Libya, and Chief of the Defence Staff General Sir David Richards said we can sustain it for "as long as we choose to".
A British government spokesman said: "Gaddafi, 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.
"As with all National Organising Committees, the Libyan NOC, not an individual, has been allocated a few hundred tickets which they are responsible for distributing to sports organisations and athletes within their country.
"Every international visitor is subject to the UK's immigration controls, and will be refused entry if they don't meet the rules."
Tickets are due to be allocated to Libya's National Olympic Committee (NOC), but the UK government said an EU travel ban would prevent members of the Libyan government from attending.
London 2012 allocates tickets to individual participating nations' NOCs, who then allocate them in turn to various individuals, sports organisations and athletes within their country.
A list of these individuals is then sent to London 2012 who then passes it on to the Home Office for scrutiny.
Individuals who are not allowed into the country are then prevented from entering.
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