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Tokyo 2020 ticket lottery delayed

The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games today (Monday) announced that the results of the lottery to determine the allocation of the reduced number of tickets based on the organiser’s provisional decision to operate at 50% capacity, with a limit of up to 10,000 fans, will not be revealed on July 6 as originally scheduled.

According to the Daily Sports website, Tokyo 2020 also confirmed that they now plan to announce the result on July 10 instead.

The Japanese Government’s COVID Infection Prevention Priority Measures, also known as the semi-emergency coronavirus measures, for Tokyo was originally scheduled to be lifted on July 11 but the Daily Sports reported that the Government is now working towards extending their Priority Measures until after the case number drops sufficiently meaning the restrictions will be maintained even during the Games if necessary.

The Government will hold a meeting with the key stakeholders including the IOC, IPC, Tokyo 2020, and Tokyo Metropolitan Government on July 8 to finalise their decision to extend the period of the Priority Measures and is also expected to discuss with the IOC whether the Games should be held without fans altogether after all, or with a limit of up to 5,000 fans.

Possibility of all events at the larger venues including the 68,000-capacity National Stadium, and night sessions at all venues, to be held without fans will also be discussed, according to the Daily Sports.

Tokyo 2020 released a statement, saying: “The Government’s COVID Infection Prevention Priority Measures were originally scheduled to end on 11 July but as a new policy regarding the Priority Measures for the period on and after 12 July is expected to be announced soon, Tokyo 2020 has decided to delay our announcement of the tickets lottery results accordingly. We appreciate everyone’s understanding on this matter.”

The refund period for unused tickets was originally scheduled between July 6 and 11:59pm on July 15 but that is now also rescheduled between July 10 and 11:59pm on July 20 until further notice. Details of how the lottery works is yet to be announced.

Article provided by The Stadium Hub

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