LONDON (TrustLaw) – Prospective parents who bought tickets for this year’s London Olympics will need to buy additional full-price tickets if they want to bring their newborns to games, even if the babies were not conceived when the tickets went out, the Guardian newspaper reported.
The policy has sparked a row among ticketholders – some of whom will have babies just weeks old and will be breastfeeding – as most tickets went on sale last April, more than a year before the London 2012 games due to start in July, the Guardian said.
London 2012 organisers have told parents they can try to get tickets for their babies but that – with tickets at premium prices – only some “pay your age” ones will still be available, the newspaper reported.
The policy may even constitute a case for “indirect sex discrimination”, the parent of an as-yet-unborn baby was told by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC).
"It could be argued that women are more likely to have child-caring responsibilities and thus this policy might have more of an impact for women, but as stated above the business might be able to justify this potential discrimination," the newspaper quoted EHRC as saying.
London 2012 organisers said the policy had been set out from the start of the ticket sales and that it is a common one for sporting venues.