In a press release issued on the 23 August 2008 you stated: 'Whilst I have witnessed some fantastic sport over the last couple of days I could not help but notice a significant number of empty seats. We must avoid that in London. It's a waste. The chance to watch the world's greatest athletes performing at their very best is a real privilege. They have a right to expect a capacity crowd.' Despite this criticism of the Beijing Games, there were thousands of unused seats during the opening week of the 2012 Games in London. Do you believe that every possible step was taken in advance to minimise the number of empty seats in areas reserved for members of the 'Olympic family'?