London Olympics 2012 countdown clock stops, VISA card holders cannot buy tickets online

By on Mar 16, 2011 in Europe, Sports Comments

The London Olympics 2012 countdown clock stopped one day after the 500-day countdown starts, while VISA card holders cannot buy tickets online for the said events.

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As British news sites reported on Tuesday, March 15, 2011, these two problems were encountered during the start of the 500-day countdown for the London Olympics 2012, with its opening ceremony to be held on July 27, 2012.

The four-ton digital clock, made by Omega, a sponsor for the upcoming London Olympics 2012, stopped when it displayed 500 days, 7 hours, 6 minutes, 56 seconds, but was later fixed.

“The Omega London 2012 countdown clock was developed by our experts and fully tested ahead of the launch in Trafalgar Square.” An Omega spokesman was quoted as saying, with the giant clock measuring 21 feet high and 16 feet long.

The unveiling of the clock was presented by 4 British Olympic champions; rowers Pete Reed and Andy Hodge, and sailors Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson, at the Trafalgar Square, on Monday, March 14, 2011.

Meanwhile, sports fans with VISA card were reported to be not able to buy London Olympics 2012 tickets online, apparently the only card dedicated for purchasing tickets for the said event.

Apparently, VISA card holders were reported to have been complaining that they cannot buy tickets on the London 2012 website, particularly those with VISA cards expiring before the end of August.

According to reports, the cause of the problem is not yet known but speculations arrived that it could due to rampage for the purchasing of the 6.6 million tickets since it was the first day to buy online.

However, what worries the VISA cardholders is the rule that the tickets can only be bought online until before 11:59 p.m. of April 26, 2011, as noted at, the official website of the London Olympics 2012.

For the meantime, the Games committee is reminding the public that the online ticket sales is not a first-come first basis, which means every ticket buyer is being treated equal no matter what they will buy.

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