The International Olympic Committee has begun an investigation into alleged black-market ticket sales for the Games. Newspaper reports have said that representatives of the Olympics may have been willing to sell tickets for 10 or more times their marked prices through back channels. A Ukrainian Olympic official selling tickets was snared by the BBC a month ago. “The IOC takes these allegations very seriously and has immediately taken the first steps to investigate,” the committee said in a statement. “Should any irregularities be proven, the organization will deal with those involved in an appropriate manner.” More than 1 million tickets to the London Games were distributed internationally.