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After a shaky start 11 days ago, the Olympic ticket resale site will be relaunched this afternoon.

However, the public will not be able to buy the newly available tickets until April.

The computer problems which resulted in the original version of the site crashing has forced organisers to change their plans.

Now, instead of the public being able to buy the tickets on a first-come, first-served basis as soon as they become available, London 2012 will now buy back any unwanted tickets over the next two weeks from 3pm today and then sell them from April.

Organisers are not revealing how the tickets will be resold until closer to April.

The original site’s crash caused frustration to tens of thousands of people who tried to buy tickets that appeared to be available but had not been removed from the system.

The new system will see resold tickets made available at the same time as the 1million 'contingency' tickets that will go on sale from April, rather than being sold to the public now – and risking another failure of the system.

And while everyone from Lionel Messi to Paris Hilton took to Twitter to share the news, others weren’t so happy.
@wesleypowell tweeted: “Deterring The Ticket Touts? Touts would do a better job of selling the olympic tickets!!”

And @joannahoare left no one in doubt of her opinions: “No chance of getting #Olympic tickets until April. then. Not sure Locog know the meaning of a positive customer experience.”

Sell your Olympics tickets here.


Olympics tickets: resales ‘not until April’
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