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Application period for Tokyo Olympics ticket lottery begins for residents of Japan

by Ryusei Takahashi

Staff Writer

The ticket lottery for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics opened to residents of Japan on Thursday at 10 a.m.

Those living within the country are now able to register to enter a lottery to purchase tickets to specific sporting events for the 2020 Games. Registration began for the lottery on Thursday and will close at 11:59 p.m. on May 28.

The website was experiencing heavy traffic at the time the announcement was made on Thursday — a little over two hours after registration began — but the planning committee explained that the order in which individuals register for the lottery will not affect the outcome.

The results of the lottery will be announced on June 20, and the winners will be required to submit payment by July 2 at 11:59 p.m.

More than 11,000 athletes will be competing in 33 sports at the Olympics, and roughly 4,400 will compete across 22 sports in the Paralympics next year. As the 2020 Games draws closer, many Japanese have high hopes for medalists to emerge in judo, gymnastics, swimming and badminton, among other sports.

The 2020 Games will be the first to host karate, skateboarding, sports climbing and surfing events.

“I’m sure there are people around the world that don’t know about BMX. I never thought it would be an Olympic sport,” Rimu Nakamura, a BMX rider who earned a second-place finish at the 2019 UCI BMX Freestyle Park World Cup Final and will be competing at Tokyo 2020, told reporters Thursday. BMX freestyle park is a newly introduced sports event in cycling at the Tokyo Games. “When I found out, I knew I had to be a part of it.”

Tickets for the finals to sports like basketball, gymnastics, baseball, judo, soccer and swimming will fetch a high price, but attending the opening ceremony on July 24 and the closing ceremony on Aug. 9 will cost the most, with tickets ranging from ¥12,000 to ¥300,000.

So far, only residents of Japan can use the website to register for the lottery and purchase tickets. Nonresidents will need to buy tickets from an authorized retailer or through a branch of the Olympic committee in their respective countries or regions.

A Tokyo 2020 ID is required to apply for the ticket lottery, the registration for which began last summer. Roughly 2.13 million people have already registered according to the planning committee.

Payments can only be made online with a Visa card or with cash at a convenience store.

The website can be accessed at ticket.tokyo2020.org.

The first-come, first-served phase will begin in the autumn, online ticket sales for the 2020 Paralympics will begin this summer and in-person sales will start in the summer of 2020.

About 7.8 million tickets are available for the 2020 Games, according to Hidenori Suzuki, who is in charge of ticketing for the planning committee’s marketing department, but this number is subject to change right up until the opening ceremony and even during the event.

Suzuki added that about 20 to 30 percent of the total number of tickets will be reserved for people who don’t live in Japan but wish to attend, which was typically the case at past Olympics.

In June, the committee announced that ticket prices will range from ¥2,500 to ¥300,000. In January, ticket prices for other seating areas were revealed.