Vuvuzelas ruled out of contention for Olympics

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Picnics and vuvuzelas may not be making a welcome appearance at the London 2012 Olympics under a series of security measures.

Families and sports fans will not be allowed to take flasks, thermoses and food to the Olympic venues.

They are included in a “non-exhaustive” list of banned and restricted items in the conditions of booking Olympic tickets that went on sale this week. All bags will be scanned by x-ray machines as part of security.

Mobile phones are not welcome because they may disturb the action along with banners, horns, whistles, drums, rattles and musical instruments – so it would appear that the 2012 Olympics will be a vuvuzela-free zone.

The plastic horn provided a soundtrack to last year’s soccer World Cup in South Africa.

Liquids in containers that are bigger than 100ml, camera tripods, flags of countries not taking part in the Games are also on the banned list along with umbrellas, which could be used as a blunt instrument.