Japanese residents have until May 28 to apply for tickets. File photo/ AFP
The first tickets for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics went on sale on Thursday, with Japanese residents able to enter a lottery to watch the sport of their choice.
Tickets for the 33 sports range from the cheapest general tickets at 2,500 yen ($23) to an eye-watering 300,000 yen ($2,730) for the best seats at the opening ceremony.
Those lucky enough to score the best seats for the showcase men’s 100m final will pay 130,000 yen ($1,200).
But half of all tickets will be priced at 8,000 yen ($73) or less and special tickets priced at 2,020 yen ($18) are available for families resident in Japan with children, senior citizens, and people with impairments.
Prices for domestic residents are “about the same as London 2012 but a little higher than the 2016 Rio Games,” Yuko Hayakawa, senior 2020 marketing official, told AFP.
The lottery — only for residents of Japan during an initial period — runs until May 28, with successful applicants notified on June 20 and payment due a fortnight later.
The website saw high demand upon opening with a queue system in place even though tickets are not sold on a first-come first-served basis and everyone entering the lottery by May 28 having an equal chance of scooping tickets.
Overseas applicants will be able to snap up tickets from June 15 via special “Authorised Ticket Resellers” in each country.
Organisers have not offered a precise number of tickets available as various stadium configurations are still being finalised with just less than 450 days to go until the opening ceremony.
But they said it would be roughly the same as the 7.8 million tickets they estimated when bidding for the right to host the Games.
Of these tickets, an estimated 70-80 per cent would be allotted to Japanese residents with the rest going to overseas fans.
The Tokyo 2020 Olympics will run from July 24 to August 9.
Tickets for the Paralympics will become available this summer.
Fans wishing to start planning their applications can access the website at https://ticket.tokyo2020.org/?culture=en-us.
Boxing tickets are not available as the IOC has frozen preparations for the competition amid a spat with the governing body AIBA.
Dodging jellyfish and munching onigiri, spunky 16-year-old Shino Matsuda is riding waves of success with the Tokyo 2020 Olympics on the horizon.
The Tokyo 2020 Olympic organising committee has already rolled out everything from misting stations to flowerbeds to beat the heat at next year’s games, and now they want to let it snow.
Sapporo was formally approved on Friday as host of the marathon events at next year’s Summer Olympics with the reluctant consent of Tokyo’s governor, ending a showdown between the Japanese capital
Football Association chairman Greg Clarke warned on Tuesday the financial fall-out from the coronavirus pandemic could destroy English clubs and leagues unless the game’s stakeholders are willing to “share the pain”.
The 2022 World Cup in Qatar has become the focus of fresh FIFA corruption allegations after the release of a new US Department of Justice indictment which says bribes were paid to football officials to secure their votes for hosting rights.
Former captain Michael Clarke believes Australia went soft against India during the 2018-19 home series fearing sledging the likes of Virat Kohli would cost them lucrative Indian Premier League (IPL) contracts.