London 2012 organisers allow babes in arms in, after all

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So Olympic organisers, Locog, have done a U turn and declared that babies and infants under 12 months will be allowed free entry into London Olympic venues – provided they are seated on their parent’s lap.

The climbdown comes following complaints from indignant mothers who had given birth since booking tickets, on sites such as mumsnet.com, earlier this year. No doubt Locog’s ‘babes in arms’ policy will please many mothers up and down the country but nomos (no mothers) like myself aren’t quite so ecstatic.

On boarding a recent flight from San Francisco to London, I discovered that I had been seated next to a mother and baby. The next 11 hours reinforced what babies love – sleeping and yes, screaming. The idea of suffering through the same experience at Stratford this summer, isn’t one I’m relishing.

Chances are I’ll be red arrowed for this, but I don’t believe the organisers were ever being discriminatory. The way I see it, they were simply exercising good, old fashioned common sense for the bottom line is this: the Olympic Games are no place for new borns.

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