08/05/2012 18:01 BST

London 2012 Organisers Allow Babies Into Olympics Without Tickets

Babies will be able to go to the Olympics without having to get a ticket, London 2012 chief executive Paul Deighton has announced.

The organisers have now released their "babies in arms" policy after outraged parents who had already bought Olympic tickets found they would have to get an additional ticket for their newborn baby. A ticket for the child was needed even if the baby had not been conceived when they originally bought their tickets, they were told.

Babes in arms, aged 12 months or under, will be permitted access to all London 2012 venues without a ticket, Mr Deighton confirmed.

He said: "Anyone who has had a baby and has a ticket and wants to take a baby to the Games will be able to do so.

"They (the baby) must be under 12 months old. Babies must be securely strapped to their parent or carer by way of a baby carrier, sling, papoose or similar."

Wembley Stadium, St James' Park, Old Trafford and North Greenwich Arena are the exception because existing licensing agreements mean that all spectators must have tickets regardless of age, London 2012 said.

Customers who have queries about this policy should contact the London 2012 ticketing team on 0844 847 2012.