London 2012 looks set to be the wettest ever Olympics, but ticket-holders won’t get refunds if events are rescheduled (Picture: PA)
Spectators, who have paid up to £2,012 for their seats at the sporting spectacular, will be offered replacements for rescheduled events rather than given their money back.
Organisers said postponing events would be ‘the absolute last resort’ and they expected most of them to be completed on the correct days.
But they are preparing for the worst after forecasters said they expected no respite from the soggy summer.
Athletes, too, are expecting to get a drenching. Jessie Phua, chef de mission of the Singapore team which arrived in England this week, said: ‘This could well be the wettest Olympics in history.’
Five Met Office experts will join the Olympic control centre team next week, to provide advice.
They are predicting no hot spells in the month to August 7, just five days before the end of the Olympics.
Events at most risk of being affected include tennis at Wimbledon, BMX biking in Stratford, rowing at Eton Dorney, eventing at Greenwich Park, sailing at Weymouth and beach volleyball in Horse Guards Parade.
About four in ten of the seats in the Olympic Stadium are not covered, including expensive spaces closest to the track. Organisers have ordered 250,000 ponchos to sell to spectators.
A Locog spokeswoman said ticketing advice for washed-out events would be given out ‘very quickly’. But she said conditions would have to be ‘really bad’ for any postponements.
Sports minister Hugh Robertson has insisted most Olympic venues were ‘reasonably waterproof’.
UK is lame…always dreary and rainy.
A wet dream
It is still great timing for the Olympics to be in London this year, regardless of the weather. It might well be the last time that the United Kingdom can muster enough security to hold such an event without a man caused disaster or workplace violence spoiler.
Why are 5 overpaid, so called experts joining the Olympic control centre team and predicting weather 16 days away, when they can’t even get our daily weather right?
Could I suggest for the opening ceremony, just showing Morecambe Wise’s version of ‘Singing in the Rain’?
It’s Britian; dress up warm, carry an umbrella!
I said, way back when the games were awarded to London, that it was a ridiculous decision and all the swimming, diving, rowing and sailing events could be held in the streets of the city.
So glad that I have no interest, whatsoever, in the Olympics and haven’t thrown away money on tickets.