IOC Won't Give Olympic Tickets to Libya Just Yet

LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- No tickets will be given to Libya's Olympic committee for the 2012 London Games until it is "absolutely certain" they end up in the right hands, the IOC said Wednesday.

Britain's Daily Telegraph reported Wednesday that Libyan leader Muammar al-Qaddafi's son, who heads the country's national Olympic committee, had received hundreds of passes to the games from London's organizing committee, or LOCOG.

"To be absolutely clear, no tickets have been printed or paid for," the International Olympic Committee said in a statement. "The IOC decided along with LOCOG that no tickets will be handed over to the Libyan National Olympic Committee until the current situation becomes clearer.

"Quite sensibly we will retain this 'wait and see' policy until we can be absolutely certain that the tickets can be used correctly. The IOC will of course continue to insist on the point that the athletes from whatever country are independent of government and should have a right to compete."

LOCOG officials, contacted about the Telegraph report Tuesday night, said hundreds of tickets had been allocated to Libya -- not to an "individual" but for distribution to sports organizations and athletes.

Qaddafi and his sons are among 13 people from his regime who are barred from entering Britain, which is taking part in the NATO military action against Libya.

"The fact is that Qaddafi, his family and key members of that regime are subject to a travel ban and won't be allowed to travel here to the Olympics in any event," said Steve Field, spokesman for Prime Minister David Cameron.