Tokyo 2020 is set to launch its international ticket sales in June, while domestic sales for Japanese fans are to begin in April.
The June 14 date marks the same date that the new anti-scalping law officially comes into force, which was launched for the major event. Olympic organisers usually launch public sales, domestically and internationally, together.
In December, Japan’s parliament rubber-stamped a bill that bans ticket scalping ahead of the country’s two years of major sporting events, the 2019 Rugby World Cup and Tokyo 2020.
The bill bans the resale of tickets at prices higher than face value, along with purchasing tickets for the purpose of scalping. Those infringing the new law face jail terms of up to one year, fines of up to JPY1m (£7,010/€7,773/$8,847), or both.
The new timeline was unveiled at the 38th Olympic Council of Asia General Assembly yesterday, Inside the Games reports.
In Japan, public sales will coincide with the “Golden Week” holiday period, which features four holidays, taking place over a longer period than normal this year from April 27 to May 6.
Half of tickets available will cost less than JPY8,000 with “millions of tickets at affordable prices”, while the most expensive will cost JPY300,000 for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies.
The cheapest tickets will be JPY2,500 for sports including softball, football, hockey and rugby.
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