International Paralympic Committee president Andrew Parsons revealed that a record number of 390,000 Japanese residents took part in the first Paralympic ticket lottery for Tokyo 2020, more than three times the number for the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
Parsons said: “The demand for tickets experienced during the first Tokyo 2020 Paralympic ticket lottery is unprecedented and like nothing we have seen before in Paralympic Games
“London 2012 set the benchmark high with 116,000 applicants in their first ticketing window back in 2011, but the Japanese public have completely blown this figure out of the water with around 390,000 applicants.
“This is further proof that the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games are on course to be the best and most exciting yet. The key now is to sustain this demand until all tickets for the Games are sold.”
Tokyo 2020 chief executive officer Toshiro Muto said: “More than 390,000 Japan residents applied for tickets in the first lottery of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games – this was a great start. I am glad that people in Japan have such high expectations for the Paralympic Games and are showing such interest in them.”
With the first ticket lottery closed, 160,000 have been allotted tickets, and a second lottery will commence next year. A further phase of ticket sales will start early 2020 offering first-come, first-served sales on a global basis.
In September, the organising committee of the 2020 summer Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo moved to cancel around ¥180m (€1.5m/$1.7m) worth of tickets after establishing they were acquired with fake IDs, while organisers of the ongoing Rugby World Cup in Japan have also warned of the consequences of buying tickets through unofficial channels.
Tokyo 2020 is operating an Olympic ID scheme for its domestic ticketing system, with Japanese residents asked to register their name and address in order to purchase tickets. However, the organising committee said around 6,900 tickets sold in the first phase of the lottery system in May were purchased using fake IDs.
In a statement reported by Japanese news agency Kyodo, Tokyo 2020 said that around 30,000 fraudulent IDs were generated during the first-round online lottery. Altogether, about 6,900 tickets for 150 sessions were purchased using these fraudulent IDs, with a face value of about ¥180m.