London 2012: Olympic tickets released to athletes

Four Olympic tickets issued to high jumper Ben Challenger
Image caption The tickets feature the London 2012 branding colours, jagged design and sport pictograms

The first tickets to the London 2012 Olympic Games have been released, revealing colourful designs featuring competitors from the different sports.

Athletes have been sent their tickets from the British Olympic Association's allocation and high jumper Ben Challenger tweeted a picture of his.

He represented Great Britain at Sydney 2000 and hopes to qualify for London.

A five-day general sales window closed on Thursday for people who applied for but failed to buy Olympic tickets.

About 1m people, who were disappointed in the first ballot in March 2011 and who failed again or did not apply in second-chance sales in July, were eligible.

The batch included 70,000 ground tickets for the Olympic Park, made available for the first time.

Challenger told the BBC that he "hoped to compete" at the Games, but if not, watching them would be a "great alternative" for him and his family.

He bought two £450 athletics tickets and two £110 seats for basketball.

London Olympic Games organisers Locog said an email with details of the general distribution of tickets would be sent to members of the public later in May.

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