International sales for Tokyo 2020 tickets will begin in mid-May, organisers have confirmed.

Speaking to the media on Wednesday, Olympic chiefs said spectators looking to travel to Japan for this summer’s Games, which begins on July 24, will be able to purchase tickets from the official ticketing websites or from authorised resellers. The exact date has yet to be determined.

The tickets will be made available to all on a first-come, first-served basis online as well as over the counter at ticketing booths in Japan’s capital city.

Tickets until now have only been sold to Japanese residents, with almost 4.5 million already allocated in the first two phases of the domestic ticket lottery. Organisers have not disclosed the total amount of tickets available, estimated to be over nine million. More than eight million people were known to have registered for tickets at the end of the second phase in November 2019.

The Tokyo 2020 Games runs from July 24 to August 9 with the Paralympics starting on August 25.

Earlier this week it was announced that full or partial refunds on tickets for the marathon and race walking events have been offered after the events were relocated to Sapporo due to concerns over the heat in the Japanese host city in August.