A quarter of ticket holders to lose place at Tokyo Games

Japan Times -- Jun 24
Some 910,000 people — or about a quarter of all domestic ticket holders — will lose their tickets to this summer’s Olympics and Paralympics after the results of a lottery are announced in early July, the Tokyo Organising Committee said Wednesday.

Ticket holders will be reduced to a total of 2.72 million, organizers said, and the results of the lottery will be announced on July 6 through the organizing committee’s ticket purchasing site.

“It’s regrettable that we have no choice but to ask ticket holders to partake in another lottery,” Tokyo 2020 ticketing director Hidenori Suzuki said during a news conference on Wednesday.

The move follows a decision earlier this week to limit spectator attendance at competition venues. But if COVID-19 restrictions — either a state of emergency or quasi-emergency measures — are imposed in Tokyo or other prefectures where venues are located, spectator attendance could be reduced further, which could trigger yet another lottery.

Currently, projected attendance for just over 10% of competitive events is above the spectator cap and will be subject to the lottery. New tickets will not be sold.

Prior to a number of reimbursements in December, organizers had sold 900,000 tickets overseas and more than 3.6 million in Japan.

- Japan Times