The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) has announced an outline domestic ticket sales plan, with ticket applications from Japanese sports fans for next year’s Olympics set to be accepted as early as April.
Residents of Japan can register on Tokyo 2020’s online platform in order to obtain a Tokyo 2020 ID. With this ID, from the spring they will be able to apply for tickets before they go on general sale via an online lottery.
After the initial tickets are allocated, the remaining tickets will be made available on a first-come, first-served basis. The Tokyo 2020 ID portal is currently available in Japanese, with an English version to launch before sales begin.
Tokyo 2020 said more than 1.2 million people have already obtained their ID, adding that the lottery system aims to give as many people as possible a chance to purchase tickets for the event of their choice. Finally, from the spring of 2020, ticket box offices will open in Tokyo and official resale services will kick-off in Japan.
Japanese news agency Kyodo said successful ticket applicants will be announced after Japan’s new bill prohibiting ticket scalping comes in force on June 14. Japan’s parliament last month rubber-stamped a bill that will ban ticket scalping as the country prepares for two years of major sporting events with the Rugby World Cup to precede the Olympics later this year.
With Visa being the exclusive payment technology partner of the Olympic Games, Visa will again be the only payment brand accepted on the Tokyo 2020 ticket website and at the ticket box offices. In July, organisers said half of tickets would cost less than JPY 8,000 (£56/$74/€64) with “millions of tickets at affordable prices”.
A symbolic ticket price of JPY 2,020 will be made available for families and groups resident in Japan whose members include children, senior citizens or individuals with impairments.
Tokyo 2020 added that a more detailed schedule, including the ticket sales launch date and other details regarding ticketing, will be announced at a later date.
Those living outside of Japan will be able to order tickets through the National Olympic Committee of their respective country or region or via their authorised ticket resellers. A list of these organisations in each country will be published by the spring on the official Tokyo 2020 ticket sales site.
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