Calls for greater inclusion of old Olympians backed by local MP

July 5, 2011 2:19 PM

A former Olympian from Carshalton, who won the Super Heavyweight bronze medal at the 1984 Games in Los Angeles, has called on the London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) to reassess his case, after failing in his application for tickets and to volunteer at next year's games.

Local MP Tom Brake, a former Lib Dem spokesman for London and the Olympics, has agreed to take up the case on his behalf and has written to Lord Coe asking him to reconsider his volunteer application.

Robert Wells was overlooked in his application for a volunteer position, despite completing an Olympic volunteering qualification at a local college. He also failed to get tickets for any of the boxing events.

Though LOCOG recently announced that they would grant veterans of the 1948 Olympics, the last Games to be held in London, a pair of complimentary tickets, many other former Olympians and their families have missed out in the much-maligned ballot system.

Tom said: "I believe that we should be celebrating the great achievements of our former Olympians, not making them feel ignored and undervalued.

"It is unfair that someone who has flown the flag for British sport at the highest level, with such success, should be denied the chance to participate in or even attend the Games when they come here to London.

"With this in mind, I will be nominating Mr Wells to carry the Olympic Torch when it passes through London next July."

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