|Issue No 37||29 October 1999|
Revealed: SOCOG Reserving Gold Medals for Tattersalls
By The Chaser
The scandal over the secret allotment of premium tickets for the 2000 Olympics escalated today with the news that members of Sydney's elite Tattersall's Club will receive Gold Medals without actually competing.
Olympics Minister Michael Knight defended the plan, pointing out that the Tattersall's members have agreed to pay three times as much as other athletes.
The decision comes after it was revealed that Tattersall's and other exclusive clubs had been given the opportunity to purchase tickets to popular events at inflated prices without entering the public ballot.
Mr Knight justified the arrangement by saying the arrangement was in keeping with SOCOG's commitment to having a lottery for the allocation of the tickets. "Our premium seat allocation plan is a lottery: some people are born with rich fathers who are members of Tattersalls, others aren't. It's completely random," he said. "It's also a way of "milking the rich".
Asked why such a presumably popular position was hidden from the public, Mr Knight said that it was done to ensure that rich people didn't cotton onto the plan. "Rich people aren't stupid, you know. If they had found out that we were trying to force them into the best seats at the most popular events they would never have agreed to it."
The Olympics Minister's comments were warmly endorsed by Olympic Village Mayor Graham Richardson. SOCOG chief Sandy Hollway has responded quickly to claims that the sale of premium tickets devalues the Games sponsorship packages. "Sponsors clearly get more value," said Hollway. "Sure, any old millionaire can bribe us for seats, but that doesn't mean you get the publicity that comes from being associated with the Games," said Hollway.
"Only those that pay enough get the privilege of being associated with Games events like the bribery in the bid process and Phil Coles.
When the terrorists strike and the Games degenerate into an orgy of steroids, it will be our sponsors, not the likes of the Tattersall's Club that benefit from the reflected glow.
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History: They Fought Them on the Airwaves
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Satire: Revealed: SOCOG Reserving Gold Medals for Tattersalls
The scandal over the secret allotment of premium tickets for the 2000 Olympics escalated today with the news that members of Sydney’s elite Tattersall’s Club will receive Gold Medals without actually competing.
Review: What The Age Wouldn’t Print
Some time before Monday 18 October, Age editor Michael Gawenda saw red and then got out his blue pencil. An article, heavily critical of Robert Manne, written by Overland editor Ian Syson, was pulled by Gawenda.
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