Those teenagers (under the age of 18) who had hoped to volunteer to be marshals, ticket inspectors, first aiders etc for the London 2012 Olympics will be sorely disappointed.
Britain's child protection laws prevent those who are 18 from actually volunteering to do anything useful in their lives.
The law requires helpers to be subjected to regular checks, it's not just the teens themselves but also the adults who would have to be checked. As such, the administration involved would simply be too time consuming and costly for anyone under 18 to be allowed to come into contact with an adult.
An absurd outcome.
Olympic Medals won during the Beijing 2008 Olympics