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Over 7.5 million people sign up as first phase of ticket sales in Japan comes to a close

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29 May 2019
Olympic News, Tokyo 2020
The ticket lottery for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 came to a close today and has successfully attracted millions of Japanese fans eager to secure their Olympic Games experience. The level of interest was so high that Tokyo 2020 decided yesterday to give fans a 12-hour lottery deadline extension to ensure every application is processed.

In total, Tokyo 2020 ID registrations, the first step required before purchasers could enter the ticket lottery, reached 7,508,868 and the official ticketing website was visited more than 24,250,000 times in the application period. Successful applicants will be notified of the tickets they have been allocated on 20 June.

“With just over a year to go, excitement for these Olympic Games is unparalleled,” said IOC Coordination Commission Chair John Coates last week during a visit to Tokyo. 

Tokyo 2020 Spokesperson Masa Takaya said the Organising Committee was thrilled with the outcome: “We are delighted to have concluded this highly important milestone successfully. That there was such a high number of applications shows there is a great passion nationwide for the Tokyo 2020 Games and sport in general. Millions of tickets are available at affordable prices and there will be other opportunities to get one,” said Takaya. 

Residents of Japan will still be able to request remaining tickets during the first-come, first-served phase that begins in autumn 2019. The final ticket sales phase will start in the spring of 2020, offering first-come, first-served sales for purchasers inside and outside Japan. Details will be announced later.

People living outside Japan will first be able to purchase tickets through Authorised Ticket Resellers (ATRs) in their home countries. ATRs can commence ticket sales from 15 June 2019. The sales launch date in each territory will vary depending on each ATR’s sales plan and schedule. The list of ATRs can be found here.

Fans are reminded that only tickets purchased from or obtained through authorised sources are genuine, valid and will enable entry to venues. Fans having purchased or obtained tickets from unofficial or unauthorised sources run the risk of a) having obtained fake tickets, b) having obtained invalidated tickets, c) having those tickets cancelled, d) being refused entry, and/or e) being asked to leave the venue, without receiving a refund or qualifying for an exchange of ticket. Neither the International Olympic Committee nor Tokyo 2020 nor any National Olympic Committee may be held liable for any consequence (such as, without limitation, any loss or damage) related to a ticket purchased from or obtained through an unauthorised source.

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