The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) has said the domestic ticketing process for next year’s summer Olympic Games will commence in earnest in May, with Japanese residents able to access early information later this month.

Tokyo 2020 said it will pre-open the official ticket sales site on April 18, prior to the start of the lottery application process which is scheduled to take place from May.

Japanese news agency Kyodo said the application period is set to begin after this year’s Golden Week holidays end on May 6, with Japanese sports fans able to get an early look at the event schedules and ticket application process before then.

Kyodo added that the results of the ticket lottery are not expected to be released until at least June 14, when a new law prohibiting ticket scalping takes hold. In December, Japan’s parliament 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.

Tokyo 2020 in January announced an outline domestic ticket sales plan. Residents of Japan have been able to register on Tokyo 2020’s online platform in order to obtain a Tokyo 2020 ID. With this ID, they will be able to apply for tickets before they go on general sale via the online lottery.

After the initial tickets are allocated, the remaining tickets will be made available on a first-come, first-served basis. In a statement released on Friday, Tokyo 2020 said the number of registered Tokyo 2020 IDs has already surpassed the two million mark.

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