Libya gets hundreds of tickets for 2012

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Libya has been allocated hundreds of tickets to the London 2012 Olympic Games, organisers confirmed last night.

Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's son Muhammad al-Gaddafi is head of the Libyan National Olympic Committee (NOC), which is responsible for distributing tickets.

A London 2012 spokeswoman said: "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."

Britain is currently involved in Nato military action against Libya, and Chief of the Defence Staff, General Sir David Richards, said today that "we can sustain it for as long as we choose to".

Around one million of the total 8.8million tickets available for the London Games were allocated to federations in foreign countries.

Close to 1.8million people made 20million bids for tickets, but only 800,000 were successful.