Olympics

Tokyo 2020 organizers announce second-chance ticket lottery to start Aug. 8

Kyodo

Applicants who came up empty-handed in the first domestic lottery for 2020 Olympic tickets can register for a second-chance draw starting on Aug. 8, the local organizing committee said Tuesday.

The new lottery, which will be open to some 4.16 million residents of Japan who were unsuccessful in the initial draw, will offer around 680,000 tickets for 20 of the 33 sports to be staged during the Tokyo Olympics.

The organizing committee will accept applications on the official ticketing website until 11:59 a.m. on Aug. 19, and will announce the results on Sept. 11.

The organizers decided to hold the supplementary lottery to accommodate the large number of applicants turned away during the first phase, which took place in May. Only about 960,000 of the 5.12 million applicants secured at least one ticket.

Those eligible for the supplementary lottery are limited to applying for one session each — for up to six tickets for qualifiers and four for medal events.

According to the organizers, soccer, basketball, beach volleyball and hockey are among the sports that will have the most sessions up for grabs. Tickets for medal events for track and field and baseball will also be offered.

The second-phase lottery, open to all Japan residents, will be held in the autumn. The organizers will also set up booths in Tokyo next spring to offer unsold tickets.

The application for Paralympic tickets will begin later this year. The first-phase lottery is scheduled for late August, with the second window set for the winter.

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