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As 2012 approaches, we can reveal that a family ticket to the 2012 London Olympics will cost in the region of £25,200 - but the good news is that kids go free! Well, nothing's been finalised yet, but former Labour MP and possible future London Mayoral candidate Oona King has come out with a pledge to allow London's schoolchildren free entrance to the Olympics. Current Mayor Boris Johnson has promised 100,000 tickets to 'young people' and believes that City Hall's contribution of £625 million to the Olympic fund entitles him to 50,000 free tickets. So assuming that an adult ticket can be secured for somewhere in the region of £100, a family of four should get in for £25,200, with two, worth £12,500 each, being provided free to the children. That's after every family has already contributed £20 a year for 12 years (£240 in total) in their council tax.
Of course, we're all delighted that the 2012 Olympics are coming to London. We are promised that this will rejuvenate an interest in sport in this country which can only be a good thing for national health overall. However, we do remain slightly sceptical that the Olympic arenas hosting popular sports will be packed with executives, whilst minority interest sports will be left for the children to enjoy. Don't complain if the much talked of Olympic legacy will be to generate a generation of minority sport fanatics!