Organisers of the 2020 Summer Paralympic Games in Tokyo have revealed that more than three million ticket requests were received in the first lottery phase – three times higher than at the same stage for London’s record-setting event.
The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) said the demand is “unprecedented” with 3.1 million applications and only 2.3 million tickets available. At London 2012, organisers shifted a record total of 2.7 million tickets, setting a benchmark for the Paralympics.
IPC president Andrew Parsons told the Associated Press news agency: “The interest is there and we are absolutely delighted. It shows clearly that the appetite for the Paralympic Games is there — in Tokyo and in Japan.”
About 600,000 tickets were allocated in the first lottery, and another lottery is set for early next year.
Parsons told Reuters: “It is an unprecedented number, three times more than in London (one year from the start of Games) and London was the most successful Paralympic Games so far.”
This is the first time demand figures have been released for the 2020 Paralympics, with the level of demand for the Olympics still under wraps, though it has been noted that it is at least 10 times over supply.
Parsons added: “The Paralympic athletes will be competing in packed stadiums, which is absolutely fantastic for the message we want to send to the world.”
The Tokyo Olympics run from July 24 to August 9, followed by the Paralympics opening on August 25 and closing on September 6.