He organizing committee of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games announced the refund modalities for ticket holders who are unable to attend the Games postponed to summer 2021 due to the pandemic.
The organizers also promised subsequent refunds if sanitary measures force a limit on the number of spectators at the event.
The coronavirus forced the Games to be postponed for one year in March, and these date changes led to a huge headache, especially at the ticket office.
“For those who own tickets and reside in Japan, Tokyo 2020 will accept requests for refund of Olympic tickets between November 10 and 30 and between December 1 and 21 for Paralympic tickets, “according to a statement.
“For people residing outside of Japan who bought tickets through authorized ticket dealers,” each dealer will have their “own process“of reinstatement, adds the committee.
In July, the Tokyo 2020 organizers had confirmed that all tickets already purchased would be valid for next year’s events.
The JOs are programmed from July 23 to August 8, 2021 and the Paralympic Games from August 24 to September 5.
But there are still doubts about the celebration of the Games itself or about the presence of spectators, total, partial or null.
The president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Thomas Bach, warned in an interview this week with South Korean television station SBS that having full stadiums “might not be possible.”
“If we are not in a position to offer the possibility of attending the Games due to covid-19, we offer an additional possibility of requesting a refund,” said the organizing committee.
About 4.5 million tickets have already been sold for the Olympics and nearly a million for the Paralympics, according to organizers.
However, they have not specified the number of tickets sold in Japan compared to abroad, limiting themselves to remembering that foreign spectators represented 10% to 20% of the public in previous Games.
The organizers do not contemplate the scenario of a cancellation of the Games or a situation with zero spectators, a spokesman for the committee told reporters.
But i know They contemplate last minute withdrawals, for example if an event is canceled during the Games because an athlete contracts the virus, he explained.
Copyright law strictly prohibits copying all or part of Excelsior’s materials without having previously obtained written permission and without including the link to the original text.