Troops, students, teachers to fill Olympic seats

Updated: July 29, 2012, 10:42 AM ET
Associated Press

LONDON -- Troops, teachers and students are getting free tickets to fill prime seats that were empty at some Olympic venues on the first full day of competition.

Organizing chief Sebastian Coe answered widespread criticism Sunday by predicting that seats left unused, largely by Olympic and sports officials, will not be an issue as the games proceed.

"It is obvious, some of those seats are not being used in the early rounds," he said at a briefing.

He declined to blame Olympic ...

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