Tokyo Olympics – Tickets for Tokyo Olympics: Japan’s leading news agency Kyodo news has reported that the organizing committee of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics has decided to give up on selling any more tickets for this summer’s games. According to the report an official with knowledge of the matter has informed the agency that TICKET SALES process will be completely stopped and LOTTERY process will be employed to allow entry to the current ticket-holders.
Tokyo Olympics – Tickets for Tokyo Olympics: The Japanese government is moving closer to staging the Olympics and Paralympics with a cap on the number of spectators, despite public concern and warnings from health experts about a potential spike in the number of coronavirus infections.
Tokyo Olympics: Report claims, Tokyo Olympics & Paralympics ticket-sales to be stalled
The organizing committee, which sold tickets before the games were postponed last year due to the pandemic, is considering holding a lottery for current ticket holders for some events to determine who can enter the venues, the official said.
Some government officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Wednesday a 10,000-spectator cap is being considered.
However, Japan’s top coronavirus adviser, Shigeru Omi, who is set to release a set of recommendations related to the Olympics on Friday, is expected to warn that the risk of infection will be minimal if the games are held without spectators, a source familiar with the matter said.
Omi has been apprehensive about staging the Tokyo Games, saying it is “not normal” to go ahead with the event during a global health crisis.
Tokyo Olympics: Japan eyeing spectator cap of 10,000 at Tokyo Olympic venues
The Japanese government is considering setting a cap of 10,000 spectators at the venues of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics as a COVID-19 precaution, sources with knowledge of the matter said Wednesday.
Under existing guidelines effective until the end of this month, major events in prefectures not under a state of emergency are allowed a maximum of 5,000 people or 50 percent of venue capacity, whichever number is greater.
The government is concerned this would allow too many people to gather at Olympic venues, raising the risk of the coronavirus spreading. Under the current rule, 34,000 spectators would be allowed at the 68,000-person capacity National Stadium, the venue for the opening ceremony of the games.
The 10,000-person cap would also apply to areas where a quasi-state of emergency has been lifted.
The government is set to announce this month how many domestic spectators will be able to attend the Tokyo Olympics, having already decided not to allow overseas fans.
Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has said attendance at the games will be in line with guidelines for other major events, while the government’s top coronavirus adviser, Shigeru Omi, has said he has been told by officials that the 10,000-person cap has “nothing to do” with the Olympics.