The Tokyo 2020 Olympics organising committee has announced its second, and last, lottery to sell tickets to Japanese residents, amid reports of high demand.
The lottery will begin on November 13 and will involve the sale of more than 1 million tickets by the time it concludes on December 18. So far, 3.57m tickets have been awarded to local residents via lottery. Local media reports say that demand for tickets has exceeded supply by a factor of 10, and there have been complaints about scarcity.
Tokyo ticket director Hidenori Suzuki told the Associated Press: “We have been doing our best to meet people’s expectations as much as possible. But, unfortunately, we have a limited number of seats.”
Organisers have said that 7.8m tickets are available for the Games, with 70 per cent going to Japanese residents. The rest are being sold outside Japan or allotted to sponsors, national Olympic committees, the International Olympic Committee, and sports federations.
Tickets for the marathon events will not be available in the lottery, after the IOC moved marathon and race walking events to Sapporo amid concerns over weather conditions in Tokyo.
Tickets for triathlon, marathon swimming and equestrian cross-country events will also not be available in this round, as their competition schedules are still being decided.
Tickets are available for every other Olympic event, plus the Opening and Closing Ceremonies.