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United States Olympic Committee and International Olympic Committee File Lawsuit against Fraudulent Ticket Seller

July 23, 2008, 4:59 p.m. (ET)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) filed two lawsuits on Tuesday, July 22, against XL&H, Ltd., also known as Xclusive Leisure and Hospitality, and other related companies, as the operators of several websites that have been using the Olympic trademarks to deceive the public. Using the Olympic trademarks, the websites misleadingly claim to offer legitimate, official tickets to the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games and give consumers the false impression that the sites are somehow affiliated with the USOC, the IOC and the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games (BOCOG), as well as the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. The lawsuits were filed in the Northern District of California and the District of Arizona.

The USOC was contacted by several consumers who purchased tickets using one of the fraudulent websites, believing it to be a source of legitimate tickets to the 2008 Olympic Games. No tickets have been received by those consumers despite numerous phone calls and emails to the websites.

Jet Set Sports and CoSport, located at www.jetsetsports.com and www.cosport.com, are the only official ticket agencies for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games authorized to sell tickets in the United States. Together, Jet Set and CoSport have the exclusive right to use the Olympic marks to market and sell Olympic consumer hospitality and premium ticket packages, individual tickets and hospitality management services in the United States. Tickets to the 2008 Olympic Games are still available for purchase by U.S. residents through CoSport as part of hospitality packages, and the USOC strongly encourages consumers to purchase Olympic Games tickets through CoSport in order to ensure those tickets are valid.

The primary websites that are subject to the lawsuits are found at www.beijingticketing.com and www.beijing-2008tickets.com. Both sites illegally use Olympic trademarks in connection with their fraudulent activity, threatening and undermining the Olympic brand for their own economic gain at the expense of misled consumers. Other websites named in the lawsuit are www.beijingolympic2008tickets.com, www.olympic-tickets.net, www.beijingolympictickets2008.com, www.2008-0lympics.com, www.olympicticketsbeijing2008.com, www.buyolympictickets.co.uk and www.official-ticket.com. U.S. consumers should be wary of attempting to purchase Olympic Games tickets from any source other than Jet Set and CoSport, the official ticket distributors in the United States.

Under the ticket license agreement with BOCOG, Olympic tickets are not authorized for resale through commercial ticket brokers. BOCOG reserves the right to cancel Olympic event tickets that have been obtained through improper channels. For more information relating to ticketing, please visit the official ticketing website of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games at www.tickets.beijing2008.cn.

For more information, please contact the USOC Communications Division at (719) 866-4529.