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LOCOG apologises for 'Monopoly' bus tour
19:42 AEST Tue Jul 17 2012

London's Olympic organising committee has apologised for taking Australian sailors and officials on a "Monopoly tour" of London, the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) says.

The 30-strong Australian contingent waited two hours for a bus to pick them up from Heathrow Airport and then the driver got lost.

The group eventually reached Olympic Park in east London about four hours after getting through customs.

"I think it was described that our participants on the bus, which included our sailing and our medical and some of our media, had a bit of a tour of London - the Monopoly tour, I think it's been called," AOC chef de mission Nick Green said.

"From our point of view it's an issue which happened and it has been addressed. It's better that it happened now than in the throes of competition."

At a meeting with national Olympic committees on Tuesday, the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) apologised for the mishap and promised to step up driver training and improve the signage around the Olympic Park precinct.

Where possible, LOCOG also promised to provide co-pilots to help bus drivers navigate the Olympic routes.

Green said the AOC was not judging LOCOG harshly over the mishap, pointing to "bus challenges" at other Olympic Games, including Sydney.

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