Olympics

Second 2020 Tokyo Olympics ticket lottery to be held in August after millions were left disappointed

Kyodo, Staff Report

Good news for those who missed out on obtaining tickets during June’s Olympic ticket lottery: Organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics announced Thursday there will be additional ticket lotteries in August and in the fall after millions of people were left disappointed when they missed out the first time around.

The second ticket lottery will mainly be for those who failed to win any tickets in the first one, which was held on June 20. In the fall, the organizer will make tickets that remain unsold available to all applicants through another lottery, the committee said.

The second-round lottery will likely take place before Aug. 22, when applications for Paralympic tickets are scheduled to start.

The organizers will not follow a first-come, first-served approach because of fears connection problems could arise due to heavy traffic to its ticket-selling website, the committee said.

More than 7.5 million residents of Japan entered the lottery in hopes of being allocated tickets and the ticketing site saw a total of 24.25 million visits in May.

Millions checked their accounts on June 20, the day the results were announced, to find their bids were unsuccessful.

Despite there being a finite number of tickets available, organizers have been discussing ways to satisfy those who were awarded none.

Yoshiro Mori, head of the organizing committee, has said he felt “very sorry” for those who didn’t get any tickets. “Personally, I think we should do something to let those people try again,” Mori said shortly after the lottery results were announced on June 20.

The number of fan IDs registered in the system comes close to the total number of tickets available, which Tokyo 2020 organizers have said is approximately 7.8 million.

After the spring of 2020, remaining tickets will be sold at booths across Tokyo on a first-come, first-served basis.

People living outside Japan can buy tickets through authorized resellers in their respective countries.

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

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.