Cycling champ Chris Hoy slams Olympic organisers over lack of family tickets

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CYCLING champion Sir Chris Hoy has hit out at Olympics organisers for leaving his family without tickets to see him compete.

The quadruple gold medallist said he was facing an impossible decision in choosing who gets to watch him in action.

Under current Olympic ticket rules, each athlete is allocated just two tickets for each session they take part in.

That means Sir Chris will have to choose between his parents David and Carol, his wife Sara and his sister Carrie.

They all travel the world with him and Hoy snr, 65, hit the headlines last month when he said London 2012 chiefs were not taking families into consideration.

Sir Chris, 36, has now backed his stance and has called for an urgent rethink as he desperately scrambles to get the much sought after briefs.

He said: “It is difficult because my family has travelled all over the world to Sydney, Athens, Beijing to watch me compete.

“You’d think the one you could get tickets for is your home event.

“Everybody wants to be there to see it but obviously you’d think the families would be top of the list.

“We’re trying every possible angle to try and get tickets, we’re working 24/7.”

Many events at the Games, including cycling, have been oversubscribed.

Last month, Mr Hoy said that with the final round of ticket sales due to take place soon, the organisers should hold back some of them for families.

He said: “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.”

Sir Chris, who won three golds at the last Games in Beijing, also hinted that he made be planning to have children with Sarra, a solicitor, after the summer.

The couple met in a bar in Edinburgh in summer 2006 and they tied the knot two years ago.

He said: “We have no kids yet but we’ll see what happens.

“I’m just looking forward to putting Sarra first for a while after London and just enjoying our lives together.”

A London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games(Locog) said: “Locog is guaranteeing all athletes up to two tickets for family and friends for every session they compete in, and this hasn’t always been the case for previous Games.

“Athletes’ families typically can also get tickets from governing bodies and their national Olympic committees. Sponsor Procter & Gamble is also helping Team GB athletes’ families with tickets.”