Tokyo 2020 reveals ticket refund policy, Pyrenees-Barcelona 2030 bid formalisation delayed

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The organising committee for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games has announced its refund policy for ticketholders who are unable to attend the two rescheduled events in 2021.

The organisers have created two separate windows of opportunity for ticketholders from Japan, revealing that they will accept refund requests from Olympic ticketholders from November 10-30 this year, and requests from Paralympic ticketholders between December 1 and 21.

Tokyo 2020 is advising event-goers living outside of Japan who had bought tickets from authorised ticket resellers to follow the refund procedures of their respective ticket agents.

In March it was announced the Tokyo 2020 Olympics would be rescheduled to run from July 23 to August 8 next year, with the Paralympics running from August 24 to September 5 after the Covid-19 pandemic made it impossible to host them this year.

In July, the local organising committee confirmed that all tickets that had already been purchased for this year’s event would still be valid for the postponed edition.

Tokyo 2020 has managed to secure all of the 43 arenas for next year, allowing it mirror the schedule for 2020 and hold the event in the same competition venues.

The organisers said they were now working with stakeholders to deliver the Games safely, explaining that a series of coordination meetings would seek to review and coordinate a range of countermeasures, including immigration control, medical examinations and venue management.

Tokyo 2020 added that it would offer an additional refund phase if there are further changes in circumstances as a result of the pandemic

In other news, Covid-19 has delayed plans to formalise a Pyrenees-Barcelona bid for the 2030 Winter Olympics.

Spanish publication Palco23 reveals the pandemic has interfered with plans to bring the organisations involved in bidding for the event – the Spanish Olympic Committee, the government of Calatonia and Aragon and the Spanish government – together to rubber stamp the candidacy.

Gerard Figueras, general secretary for sport in Catalonia, has accused the region’s government of a ‘lack of leadership’. There are two factions calling for a broader bid, one of these wants an event that encompasses the entire Pyrenees region, including Aragon, Andorra, France and the Pallars regions, another is calling for the bid to include the Lleida region in the west of Catalonia.