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Volleyball haul for Govt

The Government has said it is simply "conincidence" it bought many more tickets for Olympic beach volleyball than for athletics.

At the Culture, Media and Sport Committee, former Labour Sports Minister Gerry Sutcliffe queried the 410 tickets - purchased at a cost of £26,000. Civil servant Jonathan Stephens said tickets for staff were largely for weekend events, costing up to £90, and the event meeting those requirements "turns out to be volleyball".

"When we were purchasing tickets for staff to purchase, we obviously thought they were mostly going to be able to go at the weekend or on Fridays.

"Then when you look at what's available at those sorts of price bands, on those sorts of days, most of it turns out to be volleyball. As ever, on these occasions, the explanation is coincidence rather than conspiracy."