Families deserve more Olympic tickets, says father of cyclist

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A NEW Olympics tickets row has broken out after Sir Chris Hoy’s father said not enough was being done for families.

David Hoy, whose son has won four cycling gold medals, including three at the last Games in Beijing, said he was struggling to get hold of tickets to watch him compete in London.

Every British athlete has been given the opportunity to buy two for each session in which they compete.

But Mr Hoy told the BBC: “I don’t think athletes’ families have been taken into consideration. It’s not rocket science.

“It just needs somebody to sit down and think about the families who have got the athletes to this level. Just a little bit of payback would be very welcome.”

He said it was unfair that Sir Chris could be faced with choosing whether his tickets go to his parents, wife or sister.

Mr Hoy said that with the final round of ticket sales due to take place in a few weeks’ time, the organisers should hold back some of them for families.

He said his message to the London 2012 Organising Committee was simple: “Please consider how you would feel if your son or daughter had worked for 10 or 12 years and slaved, trained really hard, got to this level, and then you were told ‘Really sorry, you’re going to have to sit and watch it at home’.”