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Tokyo 2020 ticket sales generate huge interest in Japan

Organisers of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics have said that they underestimated the demand for tickets among Japanese fans after more than 3.2 million were sold during the first-phase lottery.

Organisers have now revealed that hundreds of thousands of tickets will be available during a “second chance” lottery in August. It is unclear how these tickets will be distributed.

The Reuters news agency reported that the second window for Olympic tickets would close on August 22, after which point Paralympics tickets will go on sale.

Tokyo 2020 spokesman Masa Takaya told Reuters: “There was a massive amount of applications received in the first wave and this absolutely exceeded our expectations.

“So in that respect, we are pleased to see such huge excitement being built up amongst people across Japan.”

In a change to original plans, Tokyo 2020 organisers will no longer offer further unsold tickets on a first-come, first-served basis in the autumn. Reuters reported that there is likely to be a third lottery phase instead, which will only be available for Japanese residents.

Takaya added: “As far as we know, the reaction from the public to this second chance is being well received…and by those who participated in the first wave. So, we are right on track but we want to continue making our best effort.”

Overseas fans will be required to buy tickets through country-specific authorised resellers.

Japanese news agency Kyodo, citing sources close to the matter, reported that more than nine million tickets will be made available for the Games.